First Aid Procedure For Children Age 1 + Unresponsive

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Jun 25th 2019, 10:22 AM
First aid for a child 1+ who is unresponsive not breathing or breathing 

For a newborn baby - 1 year old please click HERE!

Check if the child is responding;
  • Call their name
  • Talk to them
  • Shake their shoulders gently 
If the child is unresponsive check if they are breathing;
  • Tilt their head back, this open the airway by pulling the tongue forward
  • Is their chest moving
  • Can you hear them breathing
  • Can you feel them breathing on your cheek
A child who is unresponsive but breathing;
  • Move the child onto their side 
  • Tilt their head back
This will help keep the airway open so the child can continue to breath. 
Call 999 as soon as possible if someone hasn't already done so
  • Try and remain calm and continue talking to the child reassuring them
  • Ensure their head remains tilted until the ambulance turns up
A child who is unresponsive and not breathing;
Get someone to ring 999 immediately

If you are alone first spend 1 minute performing rescue breaths and chest compressions, after 1 minute ring 999. 
  • Tilt the childs head back and seal you mouth over their mouth and pinch their nose blowing 5 times into the childs, this tops up the oxygen levels in their blood which is needed to keep their organs alive
  • Immediately move onto 30 chest compressions. Push firmly in the middle of the childs chest with one hand so the chest goes inwards and release... 30 times. Chest compressions are acting as the heart and keep the blood pumping, keeping vital organs and their brain alive. If you are small or the child is large you can use two hands.
  • Continue with only 2 rescue breaths and 30 compressions in a cycle until emergency help arrives.
  • If the child starts breathing stop rescue breaths and chest compressions and wait for emergency help

Other information;
How hard should I blow into the babies mouth for rescue breaths?
- Rescue breaths should be performed until you see the childs chest rise.

Do you need to perform rescue breaths and chest compressions?
- Rescue breathes and chest compressions together give the child more of a chance to survive

Will I break the childs ribs performing chest compressions?
- A babies rib cage is flexible, risk of breaking their ribs is very low. Remember you are trying to keep the child alive, without the childs survival chance is much lower

What if I don't see a response when performing rescue breaths and chest compressions?
- Keep going until emergency help arrives. This procedure can still be beneficial to the outcome. KEEP GOING.

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