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Staying alive on your own can be a challenge in adverse conditions, but adding an infant to the mix makes things even tougher. Any parent can tell you that even in normal conditions, keeping up with the needs of a baby can be difficult. If the baby suddenly experiences a medical emergency, you’d better know what to do until help arrives.
Even if you’re not a parent, it’s beneficial to know emergency first aid for infants. You may be watching a friend or family member’s child for a few minutes, and if something goes wrong you may have even less time to react. This may appear intimidating to those of us without kids, but it’s worth taking a few minutes to learn — it may even help you save a life one day.
The following infographic from U.K.-based charitable organization St. John Ambulance shows five ways to save a baby’s life when seconds count. These simple steps can help you keep the baby stable and maintain a clear airway until medical personnel arrive. Note that this infographic shows U.K. emergency numbers — obviously, in the United States you should dial 911 immediately if possible.