Before starting baby CPR: danger, response, send for help
Check around you for danger. Remove baby and yourself from any danger.
Check baby for a response. Ask baby to open their eyes. Squeeze their shoulders.
Send for help
If baby is unconscious, not responding or breathing abnormally, call 000 for an ambulance.
Next steps: airway, breathing
Check baby’s mouth for airway blockages like the tongue, food, vomit or blood. If there’s a blockage, use your little finger to clear it. Place baby on their back with their head in a neutral position (head straight, chin not bent down or up) to open their airway.
If there are no blockages or you’ve cleared blockages, check for breathing. Look for chest movements, listen for breathing sounds, or feel for breath on your cheek.
Start baby CPR
Put two fingers in the centre of baby’s chest. Do 30 compressions at a rate of 2 compressions per second. Each compression should push the chest down by about one third.
Hold baby’s head so that their chin doesn’t drop down. Take a breath and seal baby’s mouth and nose with your mouth. Blow gently and watch for the chest to rise. Take another breath with your head turned towards baby’s chest. Watch, listen or feel for air leaving the chest. Repeat.