Wednesfield Mum Calls For Baby CPR To Be Taught In Schools

20 January 2016, 19:34


A Wolverhampton woman says young people need to learn how to save a baby's life after she had to save her daughter.

Angela Hall, who's 54, had to give CPR to both her own daughter and then her grandson when they were just a few months old.

Both stopped breathing as tiny babies after being born premature.

Angela was speaking to Capital after a new video was released by St John Ambulance which shows parents what to do.

In the new video, parents are urged to first call 999 unless they are on their own, in which case they should do one minute of CPR before calling for help.

They should cover their baby's nose and mouth and give five puffs, each lasting around a second.

Then, they should use two fingers in the centre of the chest to give 30 pumps at a rate of 100 to 120 per minute.

The sequence should be repeated with two puffs and 30 pumps until help arrives.

The video, which features memorable nursery rhyme characters such as Humpty Dumpty, includes a rhyme which is: "Puff, puff and 30 more pumps... repeat this until the ambulance comes.''

The campaign is called Nursery Rhymes Inc and follows on from last year's The Chokeables, which taught parents how to help a choking baby.

That campaign is credited with saving the lives of 46 children.

Sue Killen, chief executive of St John Ambulance, said: "The Chokeables was a real step forward for us and the response was amazing. We've listened to parents and we know that they want to learn first aid skills in a way that's easy and memorable. That's what inspired us to create Nursery Rhymes Inc.

'We know that a major barrier to parents learning is that baby CPR frightens them, so we've removed the fear factor and made it reassuring and as easy as possible to learn.

"We hope the song will stick in everyone's heads. We're asking everyone to share the video so that all parents, grandparents and carers can learn what to do in those crucial minutes after a baby has stopped breathing.''

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