CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, it is an emergency lifesaving procedure that combines chest compression with artificial ventilation to preserve brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing.
The steps involved in carrying out a CPR is same for adults and kids, but the methods are slightly different because of the obvious fragility of kids compared to adults.
It is highly recommended that every parent goes on a first aid course, as it makes the process much easier to understand and remember.
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Below is a full detailed sequence for carrying out a cardiopulmonary resuscitation for children (1-8 years old).
CPR Steps For Children
1. Ensure the area is safe:
First check for hazards, such as electrical equipment or other harmful conditions and clear the area.
2. Check Your Child’s Responsiveness:
Gently stimulate your child and ask audibly, “Are you all right?”.
3a. If Your Child Responds By Answering Or Moving
3b. If Your Child Does Not Respond
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4. Check Their Breathing:
Keeping the airway open, look, listen and feel for normal breathing by putting your face close to your child’s face and looking along their chest.
Look, listen and feel for no more than 10 seconds before deciding that they’re not breathing. Gasping breaths should not be considered to be normal breathing.
5a. If Your Child Is Breathing Normally:
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5b. If Your Child Isn’t Breathing Or Is Breathing Irregularly Or Less Frequently:
Note: While doing this, note any gag or cough response – this is a sign of life.
6. Assess Signs Of Life:
Look for signs of life. These include any movement, coughing, or normal breathing – not abnormal gasps or infrequent, irregular breaths.
If there are definite signs of life, do the following:
No Signs Of Life Present:
Do the following, if there are no signs of life:
7. Chest Compressions General Guidelines:
Although the rate of compressions will be 100-120 a minute, the actual number delivered will be fewer because of the pauses to give breaths.
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8. Continue Resuscitation Until:
When To Perform A CPR On Your Child?
Perform CPR if your child shows the following symptoms:
The symptoms could be the result of choking, drowning, electrical shock, excessive bleeding, head trauma or other serious injury, lung disease, poisoning, and suffocation.
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