What To Do If Your Baby Had an Electric Shock – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance

crawling babies can get their fingers into all kinds of places in your home if they put their fingers into electric sockets or appliances such as hair dryers or phone chargers it’s possible for your baby to get an electric shock this can be very serious if your baby has had an electric shock you might see some of these signs they may have burns blistered or charred skin they may have pain or weakness an electric shock can make your baby unresponsive if you think your baby’s had an electric shock you’ll need to do a baby primary survey if your baby is still in contact with the electrical current turn the power off if you can or use something nonmetallic to break the contact like a rolled-up magazine or a wooden spoon try to see if your baby responds to you by gently tapping or flicking the sole of their foot and call their name they are unresponsive if they don’t respond to you Martha can you hear me next you will need to check if they are breathing to check for normal breathing open the airway place one hand on your baby’s forehead and very gently tilt their head back with one finger gently lift the chin to open the airway and check to see if they’re breathing if your baby is breathing put them into the recovery position cradle the baby in your arms with their head tilted downwards if your baby has suffered an electric shock and has stopped breathing you need to start baby CPR this technique is for use on babies under 1 year old call for help ask a helper to call 9 9 9 or 1 1 2 for emergency help use a mobile speakerphone if you’re on your own so you can start CPR as soon as possible if you’re on your own and you don’t have speakerphone you need to do CPR for a minute before you can call for help place them on a firm surface and open their airway with one hand on the forehead gently tilt their head back with your fingertip gently lift the chin to open the airway pick out any visible obstructions from the mouth and nose step 1 is puffs take a breath put your lips around your baby’s mouth and nose and make a seal blow gently and steadily for up to one second the chest should rise remove your mouth and watch the chest fall that’s one rescue breath or puff do this five times step two is pump or chest compressions but two fingers in the center of your baby’s chest and push down a third of the depth of the chest release the pressure allowing the chest to come back up before pressing back down again repeat this thirty times at a rate of a hundred to one hundred and twenty pumps per minute this is quite quick after 30 chest pumps open the airway and give a further two puffs continue to alternate between thirty chest pumps and two puffs if you’re on your own and don’t have a speakerphone stop after one minute and call 999 or one one two for emergency help if a mobile phone is not available and you have to move to get to a telephone take the baby with you keep repeating 30 pumps then to pass until help arrives or they become responsive you may also need to treat burns move them away from the source of heat call the burn or scald by running it under cold water for at least 10 minutes don’t use ice gels or creams on the area they can damage the affected skin and increase the risk of infection remove the clothing from around the burn if the clothing is stuck to the skin don’t try to remove it cover the burn with cling film or a clean plastic bag this protects it from infection serious burns or skulls need emergency treatment so call 999 or one-one-two while you wait for the ambulance treat your baby for shock if necessary so remember break contact with the electrical current with something nonmetallic check if they’re responding and breathing if your baby is breathing and put them into the recovery position and call for help if your baby is not breathing start baby CPR you may also need to treat burns so call the burn with cold water remove your baby’s clothing unless it’s stuck to the burn and cover the burn with cling film or a clean plastic bag and that’s how you treat a baby who’s been electrocuted thanks for watching help support Center on ambulance donate today you


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