What to do when your baby or child is unresponsive and not breathing

The instructions below will guide you through how to help your baby or child if they are unresponsive and have stopped breathing.

Unresponsive and not breathing baby

What to do:

1. Check for breathing. Tilt their head back and look and feel for breaths.

If they are breathing, see here. If they are not breathing, move on to step two.

2. Tell someone to call 999.

3. Give five rescue breaths. Tilt their head back, seal your mouth over their mouth and nose and blow five times into the baby.

4. Give 30 chest compressions. Push firmly in the middle of their chest with two fingers so that the chest goes inward, then release.

5. Give two rescue breaths, then continue with cycles of 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths until help arrives.

Watch the video:

Click here for more info from the Red Cross. 

Unresponsive and not breathing child

What to do:

1. Check for breathing. Tilt their head back and look and feel for breaths.

If they are breathing, see here. If they are not breathing, move on to step two.

2. Tell someone to call 999.

3. Give five rescue breaths. Tilt their head back, seal your mouth over their mouth and pinch their nose. Blow five times into the child.

4. Give 30 chest compressions. Push firmly in the middle of their chest with one hand so the chest goes inward, then release.

5. Give two rescue breaths, then continue with cycles of 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths until help arrives. 

Watch the video:

Click here for more info from the Red Cross. 

You can learn further first aid tips for croup, broken bones, head injury, meningitis and more by visiting the Red Cross website.

Last updated: about 1 year ago