Usually an infant’s heart stops because of a breathing emergency. For this reason, giving breaths with compressions is very important for infants.
The process for responding to an infant is the same as responding to a child except for the following:
1. Compressions: Place two fingers on the center of the chest between the nipples. Compress / push down hard and fast about 1½ inches, at a rate of at least 100 to 120 compressions per minute.
2. Airway: When you tilt an infant’s head to open the airway, be sure not to push back too far. This may block the infant’s airway.
3. Breaths: When you prepare to give breaths, cover the infant’s mouth and nose with your mouth. If you are unable to