7.4.6 Apply gentle tactile stimulation to initiate or enhance breathing
DO NOT stimulate by:
These types of stimulation are dangerous and can damage the newborn.
- Slapping the back
- Squeezing the rib cage
- Forcing the baby’s thighs into its abdomen
- Dilating the anal sphincter (the ring of muscle that closes the anus)
- Hot or cold compresses or baths
- Shaking the umbilical cord.