How to Perform Child & Baby CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help save a life during a cardiac or breathing emergency no matter one’s age, so we encourage all parents to take a CPR class to make sure they are prepared in case of an emergency. Click here to find a CPR class near you and use this step-by-step guide from The American Red Cross for performing CPR on a child or an infant.

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Step One

Kneel beside the child or baby.

Step Two

Push hard, push fast.

For children, place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest, then place the heel of the other hand on top of the first hand, and lace your fingers together. Deliver 30 quick compressions that are each about 2 inches deep.

For infants, use 2 fingers to deliver 30 quick compressions that are each about 1.5 inches deep.

Step Three

Give 2 rescue breaths (see instructions above).

Step Four

Keep going. Continue these baby or child CPR steps until you see obvious signs of life, like breathing, or until an AED is ready to use, another trained responder or EMS professional is available to take over, you’re too exhausted to continue, or the scene becomes unsafe.

To learn more about what to do before performing CPR, visit this American Red Cross page on child and baby CPR. To see the child and baby CPR steps performed, you can watch their child and infant CPR videos as well.

Pediatric Urgent Care of Northern Colorado is ready to help you with any child or baby scare!