CPR technique helps save baby from death

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 22 August 2018

The CPR technique used by the father helped the baby reach the hospital from Wagholi to Kharadi in a stable condition, which took him around 30 minutes due to bad road conditions. The paediatrician saved the baby from ‘Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)’.

Pune: A man came from office at night and noticed that his one-month-old baby was struggling to breathe and had turned blue and cold. Without wasting time, he started giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and continued mouth to mouth respiration on the way to hospital. 

The CPR technique used by the father helped the baby reach the hospital from Wagholi to Kharadi in a stable condition, which took him around 30 minutes due to bad road conditions. The paediatrician saved the baby from ‘Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)’.

SIDS is a condition, where babies die without any apparent cause. Appropriate, efficient and timely management by the team of doctors and quick action by the baby’s father saved its life.

Dr Mubashir Shah, consultant neonatologist at the Motherhood Hospital where the baby was treated, said recently the one-month-old baby boy was brought to the emergency room of the hospital, Kharadi, by his parents in the middle of the night at 3 am.

“We noticed that the baby had turned blue and was not breathing, its heart rate was low and pulse was very weak. Resuscitative measures were started immediately to help the baby breathe along with chest compression to support his heart to pump blood. He was effectively resuscitated and put on ventilator support breathing and drugs to support cardiovascular system and improve blood pressure,” said Shah.

He added the father found that the baby was not breathing when he returned from office at 1 am. “The parents tried to wake him up and found that he had turned blue and cold. They started giving mouth to mouth breathing at home and continued it on the way to hospital. There was no other history like fever, breathing difficulty, fast breathing or vomiting immediately before this life-threatening event, apart from the fact that he was born premature with low birth weight in one of the hospitals in Pune,” added Dr Shah.

Dr Tushar Parikh, Head of Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology at Motherhood Hospital, said that all credit goes to his father, who bravely took the right decision and administered CPR to his baby who was struggling to breath. “After this, the medical team took over the challenging case. Heart failure, kidney injury, bleeding problems and seizures are consequences of lack of oxygen as seen in this baby,” said Dr Parikh.

Dr Parikh recommends that babies should be put to sleep on their back and not on the stomach or on the side to reduce incidents of SIDS. Drinking of alcohol by parents and maternal smoking are linked with SIDS. However, no such risk factors were present in this case. Also, breastfeeding is protective against SIDS.
Dr Sachin Bhise, consultant pediatrician at the hospital, said that such babies also need long-term follow-up for monitoring growth and development.

What is SIDS?

 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a condition, where babies die without any apparent cause.
 Doctors recommend that babies should be put to sleep on their back and not on the stomach or on the side to reduce incidence of SIDS.
 Drinking of alcohol by parents and maternal smoking are linked with SIDS.
 Also, breastfeeding is protective against SIDS.

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