CPR in a child (from age 1 to puberty)

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CPR is a life-saving technique that combines chest compressions and rescue breaths (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation).

Key points

  • Take an official course to learn real, hands-on CPR.
  • CPR involves both chest compressions and rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation). Give 30 compressions and two rescue breaths; repeat this cycle until help arrives or your child recovers.
  • If your child is unresponsive and not breathing or only gasping despite stimulation, start CPR right away and have someone else call 911.
  • Once your child starts breathing, put them in the recovery position. This will keep their airway open.
Last updated: October 17th 2016