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

Posted by on January 17, 2015 in child cpr, First aid for children, Infant and child safety, Infant CPR | Comments Off on 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 CPR, C for Compressions you circulate this oxygenated blood to the vital cells, such as the brain and heart cells.

Chest compressions save lives. It’s very important to do chest compressions at the correct rate, depth and with minimum interruptions.

If you are performing CPR on an infant you should push down 1 1/2 inches deep and 2 inches deep on a child.

Remember the other two steps of CPR Airway and Breathing are also very important.

If you ever had to do any part of CPR you must call 911 and stay where you are. Never put your child in the car and drive to the nearest doctor or hospital. If something happens again on the way you have to stop, take him out of the car seat and this could waste valuable time.

Keep your CPR skills up to date. Review them on a regular basis. Remember, Every  Second Counts.