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Infant and child BLS sequence

Rescuers who have been taught adult BLS, and have no specific knowledge of paediatric resuscitation, should use the adult sequence. The following modifications to the adult sequence will, however, make it more suitable for use in children:


  • Give 5 initial rescue breaths before starting chest compression (adult sequence step 5B).
  • If you are on your own, perform CPR for 1 min before going for help.
  • Compress the chest by at least one-third of its depth. Use two fingers for an infant under 1 year; use one or two hands for a child over 1 year as needed to achieve an adequate depth of compression.

(See adult BLS )