CPR for Children (Ages 1 to 12 years)

You Arrive on the Scene

Check the scene for safety.  Check the child for consciousness. Gently tap the shoulder and shout.

No Response

Call 911 immediately. 

If the child is on his or her stomach, turn the child over onto his or her back. The child should be lying on a hard flat surface.

Check for Breathing and Signs of Life

Watch the chest for any normal movement.  Look for signs of life and breathing for no more than 10 seconds.

No Breathing or Signs of Life

Begin CPR

a. Position one hand on the center of the child's chest; place your other hand on top.

b. With your elbows locked and arms straight, lean over the child’s chest and compress the child's chest 2 inches in depth 30 times.

c. After the compressions, give breaths. Give breaths by tilting the head back, lifting the chin, and pinch the nose. Place your mouth over the child’s mouth and give two slow, gentle breaths – just enough to make the chest rise.

d. Continue with 30 compressions / two breathes, 30 compressions / two breathes, etc. 

Continue CPR until another rescuer takes over, you see signs of life or help arrives.

The Center for Professional Excellence / Education at Cincinnati Children’s offers community CPR and first aid classes for families. Classes are conveniently held during evening and weekend hours at various locations. 

Call 513-636-1096 for more information or to see which class best serves your needs.


Last Updated 07/2013

About the Video

The video on this page demonstrates proper techniques when providing rescue breathing and CPR for children ages 1 to 12. 

BE ADVISED: This is not a certification for CPR.