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You never know when mouth-to-mouth resuscitation skills will come in handy. It’s usually when you least expect it and when you are least prepared. So the best thing you can do is to be ready when you need to know. Here’s how you should administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

· If a person is choking or not breathing, you first need to make sure the passageway from the nasal cavity to the lungs is clear. Roll the person on his stomach gently.
· Tilt the head back while the person is on his stomach. Bend one arm to prop the person up so he won’t roll over back to his back.. Pull the other arm away from the person and lay it beside his body. Cover him with a blanket if you can to make sure he’s plenty warm.
· Open his jaw and feel around inside his mouth. Make sure there’s nothing blocking the back of his throat. You may have to maneuver his tongue around to a good location so you can properly see what’s going on in his mouth.
· Once you’ve determined that there is nothing blocking the passageway from the person’s mouth to his lungs, roll him over onto his back and make sure his body is steady. Use his arms to keep his body steady while you administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
· Tilt the person’s head backward slightly, so his mouth is completely perpendicular to the floor. You want to open up the throat passageway as best you can. Sometimes simply opening up the throat passageway like this is all that’s needed to get a person breathing again.
· Pinch the person’s nose shut with your first finger and your thumb. Open his mouth. Open your mouth as wide as you can and take a deep breath.
· Put your lips around the person’s mouth as much as you can. Seal your lips around the person’s mouth as best you can as to not allow any air to escape.
· Breathe out the full breath for two seconds.
· Turn your head to the side. You want to hope that you feel exhaled air on your ear.
· Repeat this step every five seconds until the person starts breathing again.
· If you’re administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a baby, you should gently puff air into the baby’s mouth for only a second. You should repeat this procedure every three seconds.