First Aid For Children

Help your child or friend!

First steps: ascertain what's wrong.

Flick an infant's foot or ask a child if they are OK. If they respond, call 911 and communicate with the child about what happened. If they don't, call 911 and roll them faceup, opening the airway (see image). If they aren't breathing, give 2 rescue breaths.

Now that you know what's wrong, it's time to do something about it.

If the 911 responder gave you any instructions, follow those. Otherwise, here are some instructions if you know what happened or need to act fast.

Do's and Don'ts for Seizures

  • DO: call 911
  • DO; remove nearby objects and clear their airway
  • DO: turn the child onto their side
  • DO: monitor their breathing and comfort them after the seizure has passed
  • DON'T: restrain the child
  • DON'T: put anything in their mouth to hold it open