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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

CPR for a child one year and over

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

  1. Check for breathing by tilting their head back and looking and feeling for breaths. Find out what to do if they are breathing (hyperlink to if breathing)
  2. Call 000. If you are on your own, call 000 after you’ve spent one minute giving them rescue breaths and chest compressions.
  3. Give five rescue breaths. Tilt their head back, seal your mouth over their mouth and pinch their nose. Blow five times into the child’s mouth.
  4. Give 30 chest compressions. Push firmly in the middle of their chest with the heel of one hand so that the check goes inward, then release.
  5. Give two rescue breaths. Continue with cycles of 30 check compressions and two rescue breaths until help arrives.