Pediatric CPR is usually done through the combination of chest pumping (compressions) and rescue (mouth-to-mouth) breathing to help move blood from the heart to the body and oxygen to the lungs.
Understanding How the Lungs and the Heart Work Together
The lungs’ job is to take in (inhale) oxygen-rich air, which is essential for survival. Meanwhile, it is the heart’s responsibility to pump blood to the lungs and throughout the body.
Indicators a Child Needs Pediatric CPR
Pediatric CPR is closely similar to the CPR done in adults, except that this kind often involves children from 1 to 8 years old. The pediatric age also ranges from infancy to late adolescence (0 to 18 years old). So those who are in their teen years are also included in the same category.
If the child shows any of the following signs and indicators, pediatric CPR should be performed:
- Not breathing
- No pulse rate
The heartbeat and breathing of a child may stop due to a variety of reasons, which may include the following: