CPR - child (1 to 8 years old)

Rescue breathing and chest compressions - child; Resuscitation - cardiopulmonary - child; Cardiopulmonary resuscitation - child

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It is a lifesaving procedure that is done when a child's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. This may happen after drowning, suffocation, choking, or an injury. CPR involves:

  • Rescue breathing, which provides oxygen to a child's lungs
  • Chest compressions, which keep the child's blood circulating

Permanent brain damage or death can occur within minutes if a child's blood flow stops. Therefore, you must continue CPR until the child's heartbeat and breathing return, or trained medical help arrives.

CPR - child 1 to 8 years old - series

1. Check for responsiveness. Shake or tap the child gently. See if the child moves or makes a noise. Shout, "Are you OK?" 2. If there is no response, shout for help. Send someone to call 911 and retrieve an automated external defibrillator (AED) if one is available. Do not leave the child alone to call 911 and retrieve an AED until you have performed CPR for about 2 minutes. 3. Carefully place the child on their back. If there is a chance the child has a spinal injury, two people should move the child to prevent the head and neck from twisting. 4. Open the airway. Lift up the chin with one hand. At the same time, push down on the forehead with the other hand. 5. Look, listen, and feel for breathing. Place your ear close to the childs mouth and nose. Watch for chest movement. Feel for breath on your cheek.

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