Infant CPR

The definition of an infant for CPR:

1 month to 1 year of age.

Infants usually have healthy hearts. Often, an infant’s heart stops because the infant can’t breathe or is having trouble breathing.

Because infants are so small, there are some differences between infants, children and adults in how CPR is performed.

Infant CPR:

Use only 2 fingers of one hand to compress the chest.

Compress the chest at least one-third the depth of the chest, or about 1 ½ inches at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute.

Tap the infant’s foot and shout his name. (not the shoulders as for Adults and Children). If you are alone and do not have a phone nearby, provide 5 sets of 30 compressions and 2 breaths of CPR before leaving to phone 911. Return to the infant and continue CPR.