How do You Put a Baby in the Recovery Position?

When babies become unconscious, we often panic and forget what to do. A baby that is unconscious but breathing normally and has no life-threatening condition is no reason for alarm.

In this case, we have to put the baby in a recovery position. Read along and learn how to put a baby in a recovery position, when and why.

What is a recovery position?

In first aid, the recovery position is a series of variations on a lateral recumbent or three-quarters prone position. It involves rolling an unconscious patient onto their side to protect the airway.

The recovery position is taught in most first aid & CPR courses. Various techniques can be used to roll a patient into the recovery position.

All forms of recovery positions share basic principles. The mouth is downward so fluid can drain from the patient's airway; the chin is well away from the throat to keep the epiglottis open. Arms and legs are locked to stabilise the position of the patient.

Why put the baby in a recovery position?

If a baby is unconscious but is breathing and has no other life-threatening conditions, they should be placed in the recovery position.

Putting the baby in a recovery position will keep their airway clear and open. It also ensures that any vomit or fluid won't cause them to choke.

How do you put a baby in the recovery position?

If a baby is not responding to you but breathing normally, it’s safe to put them in the recovery position to keep the airway open and prevent them from choking. Watch this video to learn how.

When should you put a child in a recovery position?

Put your child in the recovery position if they are unconscious, breathing and have a pulse. The recovery position helps to prevent them from choking while they are unconscious.

As long as the child is not suffering from any life-threatening injury and does not need CPR, the recovery position is the best way to maintain a clear airway until emergency services arrive.

When should you not use the recovery position?

If someone has experienced a cardiac arrest, is unconscious and not breathing, or breathing abnormally, you do not use the recovery position. In this case, lay them flat on their back and begin CPR.

Someone who needs CPR should not be put into the recovery position. Using the recovery position could cause further harm.

If there is a chance that the person you’re helping may have suffered a spinal injury or other life-threatening injuries, do not move them. Instead, call emergency services and wait for them to arrive. It is the best possible thing you could do because moving them risks further injury.

If you must open the airway of an unconscious person who has suffered these injuries, follow these steps:

  • Place your hands on either side of their head.
  • Gently life the jaw with your fingertips to open the airway.
  • Please note that you should do this without moving the person’s neck, as it could worsen their condition.

Where can I find online first aid, CPR and AED training courses for baby?

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited statutory and mandatory training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

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