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Baby and Child First Aid

Questions and answers about first aid for a baby who isunresponsive and breathing

Here are some questions people often ask. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please feel free to email us at firstaid@redcross.org.uk or use this form.

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How can I check for a response from the baby?

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Call the baby’s name and tap their foot. If they do not move or respond to you, treat them as an unresponsive baby.

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Should I put the baby down while I call emergency services?

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If you are able, continue to cradle the baby on their side in your arms while you call emergency services. If necessary, you could put the baby down on their side while you make the call.

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Should I try to talk to the baby?

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Yes, talk to the baby and reassure them. Even though they might not respond to you, they may still be able to hear what is going on.

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How do I treat a child who is unresponsive and breathing?

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