How To Treat A Baby Who Is In Shock?

Shocked Baby

Shock happens when the important organs in the body, such as the heart and brain, don’t get enough blood or oxygen. Your baby can suffer from shock if they’ve lost a lot of bodily fluids. This could be from diarrhea, vomiting, burns, or dehydration. Your baby may also suffer shock if they had a severe allergic reaction, a severe infection, or if they are bleeding heavily. If your baby is in shock, you might see some of these signs: they may look pale and unwell. Their skin may be cold and clammy. Their breathing may be fast and shallow. They may not be feeding or urinating. They may make a grunting noise when they breathe or they may yawn or sigh a lot.

They may appear confused and not respond as normal. In severe cases they may become unresponsive. If you think your baby is in shock, call 999 or 112 for an ambulance. Explain that your child is in shock and what you think caused it such as bleeding, diarrhea, vomiting, or an allergic reaction. Lay your baby down with their legs raised higher than their chest. Support the legs on something like a cushion or a rolled up blanket. Do not leave your baby on their own. Loosen any tight clothing around their neck, chest and waist. Keep your baby comfortable and calm as fear or pain can make shock worse. Keep checking your baby’s breathing and pulse and whether they can respond to you. If they become unresponsive any point, open their airway, check their breathing, and prepare to do CPR if necessary. So remember: call 999 or 112 for an ambulance. Keep your baby’s legs raised above their chest. Keep them calm and comfortable. Keep checking their breathing and that’s how you treat a baby for shock.

What To Do If Your Baby Is Choking?

As you start weaning your baby small items of food may get lodged in their throat and they may choke. They can also choke on small toys or household items. If a baby under one year old is choking, you’ll notice that they’ll be unable to cry, cough or breathe. What we’re going to do now is administer some back blows. So first of all you need to lay your baby face down along your thigh, making sure you support their head and their neck. Next we’re going to administer those directly between the shoulder blades using the heel of your hand. Give up to five sharp back blows making sure after each one whatever it is hasn’t come out. If the back blows don’t work we need to move on to giving some chest thrusts.

So we need to turn them over so they’re lying face up, again making sure that their head and their neck are supported. Put two fingers in line with the arm pit in the center of the chest pushing down sharply administer up to five chests thrusts. If this doesn’t work call 999 or 112 for emergency help repeat five back blows and five chest thrusts until help arrives. If they become unresponsive you will need to start CPR. So remember if your baby is choking, check the mouth slaps it out squeeze it out and that’s how we treat a choking baby.


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