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First aid for a child who is unresponsive and breathing

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

First aid for a child who is unresponsive and breathing

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

  1. Check their breathing by tilting their head back and looking and feeling for breaths. Find out what to do if they are not breathing. (hyperlink to child who is unresponsive and not breathing)
  2. Move them onto their side and tilt their head back.

    This position helps keep their airway open. It ensures their tongue falls forward and fluid drains out. This will help the child to continue to breath.
  3. Call 000 as soon as possible.
  4. While waiting for the ambulance, talk to the child and reassure them. Make sure their head remains tilted back.