Safety

Prevention of childhood drowning

The recovery position

First of all, loosen belt, collar, pants ... This position aims to lay the child on their side with the ground leg stretched and the other bent forward. Ground arm is extended forward, while the other arm is folded. Slightly tilt their head back so that the child can breathe and make sure nothing is blocking their airway. This position is also adequate for adults.

CPR on infants (less than one year old)

  • Call 911 for help right away.
  • Lay the baby on a flat hard floor. Carefully tilt their head back, chin up, and check for breathing. Perform two mouth-to-mouth/nose breaths.
  • Locate the sternum, where you need to massage. It is located where the ribs join. Place three fingers there.
  • Perform 15 compressions alternating with two mouth-to-mouth/nose breaths until the pulse resumes.
  • Continue artificial breathing until help arrives.
  • Remember that nothing replaces training from St. John Ambulance or the Canadian Red Cross.

CPR on children (1 to 7 years old)

  • Call for help.
  • Lay the child on a flat hard floor. Carefully tilt their head back, chin up, and check for breathing. Then perform two mouth-to-mouth breaths.
  • Locate the sternum that you need to massage. It is located where the ribs join.
  • Place your palm on their sternum. Perform 15 compressions, alternating with two mouth-to-mouth breaths, until the pulse resumes.
  • Continue artificial breathing until help arrives.

Source: Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Paediatric Society, Parachute Canada

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