When performing chest compressions on a child proper hand placement is even more crucial than with
adults. Place two fingers at the sternum (the bottom of the rib cage where the lower ribs meet) and then
put the heel of your other hand directly on top of your fingers (Figure 1).
A child's smaller and more fragile body requires less pressure when performing compressions. The rule to
remember is 1 hand, 1 inch. If you feel or hear slight cracking sound, you may be
pressing too hard. Apply less pressure as you continue.
Count aloud as you compress 30 times, followed by 2 breaths. Perform
5 cycles of 30 compressions and 2 breaths before checking the child for breathing and pulse.
victim's carotid artery for pulse as well as any signs of consciousness. DO NOT FORGET TO DIAL 1-0-2.