It’s a question we often get at SOS Technologies: Is it appropriate to use an AED on a child? What about using an AED on an infant?
We understand the safety concern, of course. You’re talking about a device that delivers an electric shock. However, we’re here to tell you that not only can an AED be used on a small child or infant but that it should be used in a life-saving situation.
- Power on the AED
- Expose the chest and make sure it is completely dry
- Apply Pediatric AED pads to the chest
If an infant, one applied to the upper left chest and the second pad applied to the back; if a toddler, one pad applied to the upper right side of the chest and one pad applied to the lower left chest area.
- Connect the pads to the AED
- Stay clear of the toddler or infant and allow the AED to analyze their heart rhythm
- If the AED says “Shock Advised,” make sure everyone else is clear of the child
- Push the shock button on the device to deliver a shock
- Continue with CPR for the next 2 minutes
Repeat the cycle of performing CPR – breathing into the toddler or infant’s mouth twice with 30 chest compressions – followed by a shock delivered by AED until EMS teams arrive on the scene. For how to accurately perform CPR on a toddler or infant, refer to our companion post that explains these steps in detail.
Practical Training for Using an AED on a Toddler Or Infant
What really brings home your understanding of using an AED on a toddler or infant is when you learn directly from one of our safety consultants at SOS Technologies via a CPR and AED Training Session. We’ll make it easy by coming on-site to your business and training a group on CPR and if you would like to learn how to perform toddler and infant CPR, we’ll add that module onto our training session at no extra charge! It’s the closest experience to the real thing that you’ll find, plus you can get real-time instruction to ensure your techniques are perfect. Book your training session with SOS today at 888.705.6100.