I’ve only ever had to perform CPR once in my life and it’s an experience I’ll never forget. My mother (a registered nurse) made sure that I knew the basics of CPR on adults just in case it came in handy. But CPR on an infant is far more complicated.
The campaign was launched in October, with a tiny spokesbaby, Lucy, aiming to educate parents, grandparents, and anyone who might look after baby, on the important steps of infant CPR.
It comes after St John Ambulance found only one in four parents would know what to do if they found an unresponsive infant.
The CPR Babygrow (that’s what an infant’s onesie is called in the UK) has the steps for performing CPR on an unresponsive baby printed on the front of the clothing in cute cartoons, featuring nursery rhyme character Humpty Dumpty.
These adorable babygrows, for little ones aged three-to-six months, were given away for free with a suggested donation fee of £3 to continue fundraising for the ambulance service’s vital work.
For those who want to know, but sadly aren’t in the UK, let’s learn together:
Firstly, remain calm and call 000.
Once you’ve got baby somewhere you can safely administer CPR, give baby five puffs of air over their nose and mouth.
After that, take two fingers (index and middle tend to be best) and pump 30 times on the centre of baby’s chest.
Then two more puffs of air.
Repeat the 30 compressions on the centre of the chest.
Repeat the last two steps until the ambulance arrives.
However, if you are unsure of what to do, ask the 000 operator and they will talk you through administering CPR to baby.
While I might not have a First Aid certificate, I’m thankful that I’m armed with the knowledge to help preserve life (or at least attempt to) until more experienced help arrives. This CPR babygrow will help hundreds, if not thousands, of UK parents learn to keep baby safe.