Performing infant and child CPR

Performing infant and child CPR

Performing infant and child CPR; A child or infant who is not breathing is likely to be asphyxiating, causing a lack of oxygen in their blood. As children are smaller, use less force to compress their chest than you would do on an adult. Aim to compress the chest by 1/3 of its normal size.

Note on infants (less than 1 year old) you may need to give ventilations by making a seal with your mouth over their nose and mouth. Additionally, make sure you support the head to maintain the airway.


Watch our videos

How to perform CPR on a Child

How to perform CPR on an Infant


This week we are asking the Scottish government to change the law to make it compulsory for all Early Years and Childcare (ELC) Providers to have a member of staff on duty when children are present, or on visits, with a 12-hour Paediatric First Aid qualification.

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We need your support to make this campaign a success and bring Scotland at least into line with the rest of the UK.  Please keep your eyes on our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed over the next few days, and share the campaign content around your friends, family and colleagues.

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You can view our First Aid videos on the following links

How to treat a choking child or infant?


Paediatric First Aid manual

Did you know you can purchase a digital Paediatric First Aid manual so you can see what to do in an first aid incident involving a child or infant on your phone or tablet?