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Having to resuscitate children or infants is one of the worst things you could have to deal with. Many children do not receive resuscitation because potential CPR providers fear causing harm if they are not specifically trained in resuscitation for children. This fear is unfounded: it is far better to use the adult BLS sequence for resuscitation of a child than to do nothing. For ease of teaching and retention, laypeople are taught that the adult sequence may also be used for children who are not responsive and not breathing normally.

In other videos, we will discuss the chest compressions and state that you compress the chest by at least one-third of its depth. It is hard to imagine how far this is so pushed down approximately 4 cm for an infant and approximately 5 cm for a child.

With the compression, you use two fingers for an infant under 1 year and you use one or two hands as needed for a child over 1 year to achieve an adequate depth of compression. Whether you use one or two hands on a child is up to you; the end result is the same. Do what's easiest for you and most suited to the size of the child.

If you have completed training in the past there have been a few minor changes in the latest 2015 resuscitation guidelines. The main change is when delivering the breaths you should deliver these for about one second and the maximum time from the last compression to the first of the next cycle is ten seconds. This is to limit the interruption in compressions and the flow of blood to the vital organs.