Restore blood circulation. Check if the child's heart is beating. In order to do that, find carotid artery. Place two fingertips on it and apply slight pressure for several seconds. If no circulation is detected, begin chest compressions.


Count aloud as you compress 30 times, followed by 2 breaths. Perform this cycle 20 times - 30 chest compressions followed by 2 breaths - after which remember to check the victim's carotid artery for pulse as well as any signs of consciousness. DO NOT FORGET TO DIAL 911.

Check the child's carotid artery for pulse by placing two fingertips and applying slight pressure on his carotid artery for 5 to 10 seconds.

A child's smaller and more fragile body requires less pressure when performing compressions. The rule to remember is 1 hand, 1 inch. If you feel or hear slight cracking sound, you may be pressing too hard. Apply less pressure as you continue.

When performing chest compressions on a child proper hand placement is even more crucial than with adults. Place two fingers at the sternum (the bottom of the rib cage where the lower ribs meet) and then put the heel of your other hand directly on top of your fingers.

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