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Lay Person CPR On Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is lay person CPR on children?

Lay person cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure for a child who is at least 1 year old. A lay person is someone who is not a trained healthcare worker. CPR may combine chest compressions with rescue breathing or may be chest compressions only. A chest compression means you put pressure on and off the child's chest. Rescue breathing means you give breaths to the child through his or her mouth.

What are some important things to remember about CPR for children?

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What should I do if I find a child who is not breathing normally?

How do I give chest compressions?

Chest compressions press the heart between the spine and sternum (breastbone). This forces blood out of the heart and to the child's brain and body.

How do I open the child's airway?

How do I give rescue breaths?

What can I do to help prevent respiratory and cardiac arrest in children?

Where can I find more information about CPR?

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You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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