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Infant CPR

We at NDA First Aid Training Ltd hope you are never put in this position but its better to know what to do than panic. YOU could save a life!

How old is an infant in First Aid terms?

An Infant in First Aid terms is anyone under the age of 1 Year old

What does CPR stand for?

CPR stands for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

What 2 elements make up CPR?

CPR is made up of 2 elements:

  • Rescue Breaths
  • Chest Compressions.
We do 5 Rescue Breaths first, then 30 compressions, then 2 Rescue breaths and continue 30:2 until help arrives, the casualty breaths normally, your exhausted or can swap with someone else


Common causes for a child or infant to stop breathing are:

  • Choking
  • Drowning
  • Anaphylaxis (Allergic reaction)
  • Suffocation


  • Not responding nor breathing normally
  • Chest not rising,
  • Cannot hear a breath
  • Cannot feel a breath
  • Colour change of skin
  • Cyanosis
CPR baby


  • Call 999 / 112 for an ambulance ( Get a helper to do this if possible, if alone do 1 minute of CPR then you call 999/112
  • Infant rescue breaths: Start with 5 Rescue breaths. Keep the neck in a neutral position and place your mouth over their mouth and nose. With the puff of your cheeks blow for no longer than a second and do this 5 times. 
  • Infant Chest compressions: Place 2 fingers in the centre of the chest and compress 1 third of the chest depth 30 times. Then do 2 Rescue Breaths.
  • Continue 30:2 until you are exhausted, the casualty shows signs of life, or the medical services arrive. You can also swap with someone every 2 minutes (Roughly 5-6 cycles if fatigued)

This guidance is great but no substitute for a practical First Aid course.

We teach Infant CPR training in more depth on the following courses.

TQUK Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid

TQUK Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid 



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