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Children's CPR is given to any ranging from about 1 to about 10 or 14 years of age, or the onset of adolescence as defined by the presence of secondary sex characteristics. The procedure is similar to that for adults with some minor but important differences.

1. Check for responsiveness by shouting and shaking the victim. Do NOT shake the child if he has sustained a spinal injury.

2. Remember C-A-B:

  • Circulation: if there is no pulse, administer 30 chest compressions of about 2 inches.
  • Airway: tilt the head back and lift the neck to clear the airway.
  • Breathing: pinch the child's nose or cover his mouth and nose with your mouth making a tight seal, and give two breaths, watching for the chest to rise with each breath.
3. Continue to perform CPR for 1 to 2 minutes before dialing 9-1-1.

4. Check for pulse and if necessary perform the cycle again, checking for pulse every minute.

The following quiz should be taken as an exercise to reinforce what you've learned about Child CPR and we recommend that you test yourself before proceeding to the next section.

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