A baby not breathing is a parent’s biggest fear
According to a survey of 2,000 people, only one in four mums and dads know what to do if their baby is unconscious and not breathing.
In light of the research carried out by St John Ambulance, they have released a video teaching parents how to give CPR to a child.
The first thing people are urged to do is to call 999.
If you are alone with a child you should do one minute of CPR before calling for help.
Parents are then told 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.
Memorable nursery rhyme characters such as Humpty Dumpty are used within the video, which includes a rhyme which is: “Puff, puff and 30 more pumps… repeat this until the ambulance comes.”
The campaign follows on from last year’s The Chokeables, which taught parents how to help a choking baby.
That animated 40-second advert featured the voices of Johnny Vegas, David Mitchell and David Walliams.
It has so far been 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.”
The video will be launched online and on the St John Ambulance Facebook and Twitter pages, alongside a TV campaign.
Ms Killen added: “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.”