In newborns, the most common cause of cardiopulmonary arrest is respiratory failure caused by sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), airway obstruction (usually from inhalation of a foreign body), sepsis, neurologic disease, or drowning.
Childproofing the home, following a recommended immunization schedule, educating kids on safety, learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and taking kids for regular well-child check-ups all help to protect against physical harm.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a procedure to support and maintain breathing and circulation for an infant, child, or adolescent who has stopped breathing (respiratory arrest) and/or whose heart has stopped (cardiac arrest).
Because most cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children occurs in or around the home and results from SIDS, trauma, drowning, choking, or poisoning, all parents and child caregivers should consider becoming trained in CPR.
Treatment begins with removing the victim from the water and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as needed to restore heartbeat and provide oxygen until the individual is able to breath without assistance.