Posted on March 3, 2016

Would you know what to do if your baby stopped breathing?

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St John Ambulance has launched Nursery Rhymes Inc. a campaign that teaches parents and the wider public how to help a baby who’s stopped breathing. New research* shows that this is the first aid emergency parents are most worried about, yet only one in four know how to help. Nursery Rhymes Inc. teaches baby CPR in a short, clear and reassuring way to help parents remember what to do in an emergency.

The campaign features everyone’s favourite nursery rhyme characters who’ve come together to create a memorable rhyme to explain the technique. Incy Wincy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, Jack & Jill, and the Cat & the Fiddle will be appearing in a TV ad struggling to write the rhyme – though they have more luck in the longer online version, which promises to make baby CPR truly unforgettable in just two minutes with a catchy song.

Nursery Rhymes Inc. follows on from last year’s award winning The Chokeables, which taught parents how to help a choking baby and is credited with saving the lives of 46 children since its launch. The video, which has had over 10 million views online, forms part of the charity’s vision that everyone should know first aid.

New research by the charity shows:

  • An unconscious and not breathing child is the most frightening scenario for three out of four parents (74%)
  • Yet only one in four parents (26%) would know how to correctly administer baby CPR
  • Most parents who know first aid (62%) learnt it through a workplace first aid course – yet baby CPR is different to adult CPR (for instance, you need to cover the baby’s nose and mouth when doing puffs, and you use two fingers to give pumps to the chest)
  • Only one in four (26%) parents have learnt first aid specifically for babies

The characters of Nursery Rhymes Inc. explain the steps to saving a baby who’s unconscious and not breathing. These are:

  1. Call 999/112 for an ambulance
    If you’re on your own, you need to give one minute’s worth of CPR before you can call for help, taking your baby with you.
  2. 5 puffs
    Put your lips around their mouth and nose and blow steadily for up to one second. Give five puffs in total.
  3. 30 pumps
    Using two fingers in the centre of the chest, give 30 pumps at a rate of 100-120 per minute
  4. Repeat, but with 2 puffs and 30 pumps until help arrives

To celebrate the campaign, St John Ambulance is putting on special baby first aid courses for parents, carers, and parents-to-be for just £25 + VAT. To find your nearest course, or watch more first aid videos and advice, go to www.sja.org.uk/NurseryRhymesInc

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1 Comment

  • Reply lynn @ More4mums March 3, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    This is such an important issue and think the first aid courses are a great idea – thanks for sharing.

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