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Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for a child who is
unresponsive and breathing

Watch this video, in which a child is treated when found unresponsive and breathing, and remind yourself of the key steps below.


Check for breathing. Tilt their head back and look and feel for breaths. If they are breathing, move on to step two.

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Tilting the child’s head back opens their airway by pulling the tongue forward. Looking at their chest to see if it’s moving, and feeling for breaths on your cheek, will help you tell if they’re breathing or not.


Move them onto their side and tilt their head back.

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Putting them on their side with their head tilted back helps keep the airway open by making sure their tongue falls forward and fluid drains out. This will help the child to continue to breathe.


Call 999.

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While waiting for the ambulance, talk to the child and reassure them. Make sure their head remains tilted back.


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We love to hear from people who have stepped forward to help in a first aid emergency. If you have a first aid story that you'd be happy to share, please email including your name, telephone number and some brief details about what happened. The British Red Cross will only use your information to contact you about your first aid story.

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