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How to save your child's life if he stops breathing

How to save your child's life if he stops breathing

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Pamela Rauseo was driving her car on a Florida highway when she noticed that her 5-month-old nephew, who was traveling with her, stopped crying and began to turn blue, he was cyanotic.

An excess of mucus in the airways caused the baby to choke and stop breathing but his aunt he knew the technique of resuscitation or CPR and this saved his life. He gave him what is known as 'the kiss of life'.

Image: Al Díaz (Miami Herald)

These images show the dramatic moment. A local photographer was in the area, took these photographs that went around the world and was in charge of asking for help from both the passing drivers and the emergency services, who continued the resuscitation work started by Rauseo and managed to stabilize the baby.

Doctors discovered after the event that a large amount of mucus had obstructed Sebastian's airway. In addition, they discovered that small polyps in the throat, along with phlegm, had contributed to this obstruction.

A child or baby with a runny nose is a common sight when they have a cold. He does not know how to blow himself and accumulates mucus on his face, nose, sleeves and even in his throat. These mucus in the upper respiratory tract often cause coughing, which is the natural mechanism to expel them. But sometimes they accumulate, reach the lower respiratory tract and inflammation occurs, it happens with bronchiolitis.

In very young babies, this excessive accumulation of mucus can cause them to choke and they can even stop breathing. For this reason, pediatricians recommend constant nasal washes to clear the airways and thus fight mucus.

Pamela saved her nephew's life because she knew the resuscitation technique or CPR. How it is performed?

- In the case of the baby, it is done by placing him face down, leaning on the forearm, we give him 5 blows on the back.

- We turn him leaning on the arm again and look for a compression point in the thorax, with two or three fingers we sink the chest 5 times, we turn again and perform the same procedure.

- We continue until he begins to breathe normally.

- If he becomes unconscious, we place him on his back on a flat surface and give him 5 artificial ventilations, wait a few seconds and give them again.

- Next we carry out 30 compressions on the baby's chest.

We repeat the two sets of breaths and compressions again until the health services arrive.

And what happened to the baby? After a week's hospital stay, Sebastián returned home, he's already one year old and is feeling fine. Photographer Al Díaz received the Humanitarian Action of the Year Award from the National Association of Press Photographers and his photo was selected as Photo of the Year by the Associated Press Media Editors.

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