According to the American Heart Association, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a series of “rescue breathing and chest compressions delivered to victims whose hearts fail to contract effectively, and normal circulation of blood is lost.  CPR can support a small amount of blood flow to the heart and brain to “buy time” until normal heart function is restored.




Without oxygen, permanent brain damage or death can occur in less than 8 minutes.


Some of the warning signs of cardiac arrest include:

  • Sudden loss of responsiveness (no response to tapping on shoulders).
  • No normal breathing (the victim does not take a normal breath when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds). 


*If these signs of cardiac arrest are present, call 9-1-1 yourself or tell someone to call or call the emergency response number. If there is an AED available, get it, and begin CPR immediately.  




Every parent should know how and when to give CPR. When given correctly, CPR can save a child's life by restoring breathing and circulation until advanced life support can be given by health care providers.


Educate your children about CPR


This important information about CPR needs to be talked about with children in a way they will be able to understand.

By educating all children on the stepts of CPR, they can be ready for scary situations and have the ability to save a life!


  • Teach children the warning signs of someone who is having heart problems and might need CPR.
  • Teach them to check if the injured person is alert by looking for signs of life (eyes open, mouth sounds, breathing).  If no signs are seen, start CPR.
  • Teach children how to call 911 and how to describe what is happening.
  • Enroll children in age appropriate CPR classes.
  • If kids are taught CPR, it's extremely important to tell them not to practice on each other but on a mannequin, so no one gets hurt.


Additional Resources on CPR:


American Red Cross


American Heart Association

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