A child in any emergency situations, is every parent's nightmare. I know how it feels, I have been there. But here are some really great and helpful videos that will help you, to prepare just a little for an unimaginable situation!

CPR for Baby under 1 year old!

Call 112 or 999 !

Baby CPR R&R photography

1. Open the Airway

  1. Put one hand on their forehead.
  2. Tilt their head back.
  3. Lift their chin.
  4. If you can see an object in their mouth or nose, try to remove it.

2. Give 5 rescue breaths

Give 5 initial rescue breaths. Each breath should be no longer than 1 second.

How to give a rescue breath:

  1. Put your mouth over their mouth and nose.
  2. Blow steadily and firmly into their mouth for no more than 1 second.
  3. Check that their chest rises.

3. Do 30 chest compressions

Do 30 chest compressions as follows:

  1. Place two fingers in the middle of their chest.
  2. Press down one third of the depth of the chest and release.
  3. Do 30 of these at a steady rate (slightly faster than one compression a second - push hard, push fast).

4. Give 2 breaths after every 30 compressions

After 30 of these chest compressions, give 2 breaths.

Continue with cycles of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths.

Do this until they begin to recover, an automated external defibrillator (AED) is used, or emergency help arrives.

What to do when your baby is choking?

Choking Child First Aid R&R Photography

What to do if your Child has a burn or scalds?

Burn and Scalds First Aid R&R Photography

1. Put the injured area under cool water for 20 minutes

Cool the burn or scald immediately. Run cool water over it for around 20 minutes. This helps with pain and can reduce the risk of scarring and need for surgery.

Only put cool water on the burnt skin. Try to keep your child warm by using layers of clothing or a blanket. This is to prevent hypothermia. This is where their body temperature drops to less than 35 degrees Celsius. This is more likely to happen if the burn is large and you are cooling a large area of skin.

Only use burn gels or hydrogels if there is no cool running water nearby. Always apply cool water after using burn gels or hydrogels. A hydrogel is a gel-like dressing for burns.

If you can't apply cool water immediately, do it as soon as possible after the injury.

2. Remove clothing and accessories

  • Remove any nappies, clothing and jewellery near the injury, unless they are stuck to the skin.
  • If a piece of clothing is stuck to skin do not remove it, cut around it.

3. Do not put anything on the injury

Don't put any of the following on the burn or scald:

  • ice
  • fats
  • creams
  • ointments
  • lotions
  • sprays
  • adhesive (sticky) dressings or plasters

4. Cover the burn loosely with non-fluffy cloth or cling film

  • Cover the injury loosely if it is likely to rub against objects.
  • Use a clean dry non-fluffy cloth or cling film to loosely cover it - a clean plastic bag may be used if the injury is on the hand.
  • Don't wrap the burnt area too tight. This is because swelling may lead to further injury.
  • Do not pop any blisters. Blisters prevent skin infection.

5. Getting medical attention and when to call an ambulance

Call 112 or 999 for an ambulance if:

  • the burn or scald is above the neck
  • your child has difficulty breathing
  • your child is unresponsive

What to do if your Baby has Swallowed Something Poisonous?

Call the Poisons Information Line on 01 809 2166 from 8am to 10pm every day or Call 112 or 999!

Baby Poisening First Aid R&R Photography

Helpful Apps and Information


The Irish Red Cross and St John Ambulance Ireland have free apps for your phone.

First aid training

Training in how to give basic first aid to babies and children is available:

Organisations that offer this include:

Irish Red Cross

Phone: 1890 502 502

Order of Malta Ireland

Phone: 01 643 0000

St John Ambulance Ireland

Phone: 01 668 8077

CPR training

The Irish Heart Foundation offers certified training in CPR. More information is available here.

All information is presented by R&R Photography in East Cork but provided by the HSE.