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Now, when we're doing a standard recovery position with older children or adults, it's quite straightforward. They're laying on their back. They've got circulation, they're breathing, and we need to lay them on their side. So we can quite simply place them in the recovery position and that's relatively straightforward. When we're dealing with an infant, we can't easily lay an infant on their side. It just doesn't work that well, because of the shape and the way the head falls. So we need to put them in a position where they're safe. Now, we don't want to leave an infant because, if they're in any medical emergency, we want to make sure that they're with us the whole time. If we need to go and call the emergency service, we can keep them close to us.
So, once you've got the baby there, all you really need to do is to just bring it in close and then just cradle it like you would normally. By doing this, you can monitor the infant. You can ensure that the airway is kept in that neutral position. Remember, with infants, we're not over-extending the head, we're keeping the head in a neutral position. We can keep monitoring the lips to make sure that they've got good circulation and they've not got cyanosis or going blue around the lips. We can feel the breathing on our fingers. If the infant wakes up or is conscious, or even if they're not conscious, they're actually close, they're feeling your heartbeat, they're feeling the warmth, and they're feeling that they're being cared for. This is a quite straightforward way of keeping babies safe. Now, if you did need to go and call the emergency services, you can keep them safe and you can go and dial, maybe your phone on hands-free or talk to the emergency services quite easily. And if it's more serious and the ambulance has arrived, you can now take the infant out. It saves valuable time.
Now, remember, if you're carrying an infant, you're putting a lot of time looking down on it, keeping it on the side. Make sure you look, if you're walking around, you look where you're going. Because it's quite straightforward to look down like this, but then have an accident and maybe trip or slip, particularly if you've not got on the correct shoes on. So if you are moving about, make sure you keep yourself safe at all times and you don't go outside with the infant until the ambulance is actually there.