Safety Tips for Children

Basic Safety Skills for Children

It's Important to Stay Safe

Follow the basic outline of what to do in an emergency situation with an adult, but with these changes to consider:
  • When checking an unconscious child or infant for breathing, occasional gasps do not count. To test an infant for responsiveness, flick the bottom of the foot.
  • When giving rescue breaths, pinch a child's nose shut and make a complete seal over the mouth. For an infant, make a complete seal over the mouth and nose. Blow in for one second.
  • Give thrusts to an infant in the chest, rather than the abdomen. Use two or three fingers and compress the breastbone 1 1/2 inches.
  • When giving chests compressions to an infant, push the chest about 1 1/2 inches deep.
  • If a child or infant is having a seizure, call 911, remove nearby objects and do not restrain the child or infant, monitor breathing after the seizure has passed and comfort the child or infant. If fluids or vomit are present, roll the child or infant to one side to keep the airway clear.