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Imagine finding your child pulse less and not breathing What a terrifying thought Would you know how to save your childs life The number of parents that do not know CPR is astounding Simply knowing CPR could make a dramatic difference in the lives of you and your loved onesTo perform CPR first you must establish unresponsiveness Try tapping the child and speaking loudly to provoke a response Once unresponsiveness has been determined if you are alone you should shout for help Then provide basic life support for approximately one minute before going to call 911 If a second person arrives send him or her to call the ambulanceThe next step is to open the airway Place two or three fingers under each side of the jaw at its angle Lift the jaw upward and outward If this alone does not open the airway slightly tilt the childs head Check for signs of breathing by using the look listen and feel method Also check for anything that may be blocking the airway If something is visible remove itContinue by giving two slow breaths one to one and a half seconds per breath Watch for the chest to rise and allow for exhalation between breaths Check for a pulse The carotid artery on the side of the neck is the easiest and most accessible If breathing remains absent but a pulse is present provide rescue breathing rescue breathing is one breath every three secondsIf no pulse is present give five chest compressions To achieve effective compressions the child should be supine on a hard flat surface Use one hand to maintain the position of the head With the other hand use two fingers to trace the lower margin of the rib cage Find where the ribs and sternum meet avoid doing compressions in that notch Place the heel of your hand over the lower half in the sternum between the nipple line and the notch
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