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CPR for Infants

Step 1

Shout and Tap

Shout and gently tap the child on the shoulder. If there is no response, position the infant on his or her back

Step 2

Open The Airway

Open the airway using a head tilt lifting of chin. Do not tilt the head too far back.

Step 3

Give 2 Breaths

If the baby is NOT breathing give 2 small gentle breaths. Cover the baby's mouth and nose with your mouth. Each breath should be 1.5 to 2 seconds long. You should see the baby's chest rise with each breath.

Step 4

Determine Pulselessness

Try to feel for a pulse in the inside of upper arm.

Give 5 Compressions

Give five gentle chest compressions at the rate of 100 per minute. Position your 3rd and 4th fingers in the center of the chest half an inch below the nipples. Press down only 1/2 to 1 inches.


Repeat with 1 breath and 5 compressions. After one minute of repeated cycles call 911. If you feel a pulse return give one breath every 3 seconds and discontinue chest compressions.

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