First Aid for a child who is unresponsive and not breathing

Learn how to perform CPR on a child who is unresponsive and not breathing.

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.

4. If there is no normal breathing, start chest compressions. Push firmly in the middle of their chest with the heel one hand so that the chest goes inward, then release.

Do this 30 times.

5. After the 30 compressions, give 2 rescue breaths, tilting their head back and creating a seal with your mouth to theirs.

Continue with cycles of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths until help arrives.

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