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CPR for Babies: Positioning Your Hands for Chest Compressions


Picture of where to position hands for doing CPR chest compressions on a baby

If the baby is not breathing normally, find the compression landmark. Picture a line connecting the nipples, and place two fingers on the baby's breastbone just below that line. Press the chest at least one-third of the depth of the baby's chest [about 1.5 in. (4 cm)]. For babies under 1 year of age, the compression rate is at least 100 compressions a minute. If you do rescue breaths, give 30 compressions to 2 breaths. Do 5 cycles of 30 compressions to 2 breaths before you call .

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerSteven L. Schneider, MD - Family Medicine
Last RevisedApril 28, 2010

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