CPR for babies: Rescue breathing

Picture of rescue breathing for a baby
  • Put one hand on the baby's head. Put the fingers of your other hand under the bony part of the lower jaw near the chin. Tilt the chin upward to keep the airway open.
  • Take a normal breath (not a deep one), and place your mouth over the baby's nose and mouth, making a tight seal. Blow air into the baby's nose and mouth for 1 second, and watch to see if the baby's chest rises. If the chest does not rise, position the baby's head again and give another breath.
  • Between rescue breaths, remove your mouth from the baby's nose and mouth and take a normal breath. Let his or her chest fall, and feel the air escape.

Note: For babies and children, be sure to do rescue breathing along with chest compressions.

Last Updated: May 1, 2008

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine

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