By the American Heart Association's® guidelines Child CPR is administered to victim under the age of 8. Children have a much better chance of survival if CPR is performed immediately.
Before you begin.
The most common reasons that children stop breathing and their heart stops beating are the following:
- Choking, suffocation, and strangulation.
- Heart disease, brain disease or medical conditions that affect breathing.
Check for responsiveness. Shake or tap the child gently. See if the child moves or makes a noise. Shout, "Are you OK?" If there is no response, shout for help. Send someone to call 911. Do not leave the child alone to call 911 until you have given about 1-2 minutes of CPR.