First Aid for a child who is unresponsive and breathing

Advice for helping a child one-year-old and over.

If a child is not moving and does not respond when you call them or squeeze their shoulders, they are unresponsive.

1. Call 000 and follow the operators instructions.
2. Check and open their airways – tilt their head back and support their jaw to open airways. If there are obstructions (such as food) place them on their side to remove.
3. Look (for chest movement), listen (for sounds of breathing) and feel (for air movement) to check for normal breathing.

Find out what to do if they are not breathing »

4. If there is normal breathing, keep the child on their side to help maintain their airways.

Monitor their aiways and breathing closely until the ambulance arrives.

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