Infant Recovery Position

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Recovery Position for Infants

Differences in the Recovery Position

Using the recovery position for adults and children differs significantly from what you should do when dealing with an infant (under 1 year old). It's crucial to adapt your approach for their specific needs.

Steps for Infant Recovery

Follow these steps when dealing with an unconscious infant:

  1. Cradle the Infant: After confirming no injuries and checking for breathing, cradle the infant in your arms. Hold them facing you with their head tilted downward.
  2. Proper Support: Support their body using your arm and one hand while your other hand cradles their head securely.
  3. Choking and Vomit Prevention: This position prevents choking on the tongue or inhaling vomit. It also allows for easy monitoring.
  4. Continual Monitoring: Regularly check for breathing and assess their circulation by observing the color of their lips. Keep a close watch for signs of regaining consciousness.
  5. Comfort and Warmth: Holding them this way provides comfort and warmth to the infant during this critical time.

Calling for Help

If necessary, you can call emergency services or ask someone for assistance. However, ensure that you remain cautious while moving around. Your primary focus must always be on the infant's well-being, but it's equally important to avoid accidents like slipping, tripping, or falling.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit two LO1.6