If a child becomes unresponsive, how much time do you have before brain damage or death occurs?

If a child becomes unresponsive, how much time do you have before brain damage or death occurs?

This is a question I get…how much time does it take for brain damage or death to occur. You have 4 to 6 minutes before brain damage can occur and 8 to 10 minutes for death to occur. This is why it is so important to start CPR immediately if you find an unresponsive infant or child. Assuming you were with the child when she became unresponsive, you have those initial minutes when the blood is still oxygenated. By doing the first step of...

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Fainting

Fainting

Fainting is a brief loss of consciousness due to a drop in blood flow to the brain. The episode is usually brief lasting less than a couple of minutes and you recover from it quickly and completely. The medical name for fainting is syncope. If it is the first time a child has fainted it should be treated as a medical emergency in case there is an underlying medical condition.Possible causes: Low blood sugar Standing in one place for too long...

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Critical characteristics of high-quality CPR for infants and children.

Critical characteristics of high-quality CPR for infants and children.

High-quality CPR improves an infant or childs’ chance of survival. The critical characteristics of high-quality CPR include: Start compressions within 10 seconds of recognition of cardiac arrest Push hard, push fast Compress at a rate of at least 100 times per minute Push down on the chest approximately 1 1/2 inches for infants Push approximately 2 inches for children Allow the chest to return to normal position after each compression...

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How does an in-home infant/child CPR class work?

How does an in-home infant/child CPR class work?

One of my very popular classes is the in-home infant and child CPR training. Parents are very busy, working long hours and running around with kids. If they didn’t take a CPR class before the baby arrived then it gets put off and they don’t take action until an emergency arrives. Baby Zone & Beyond comes to you. Here’s how an in-home “party” works. I’ll give you an example from last Friday’s class....

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