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How do I give chest compressions to an unconscious choking infant?

  • Locate the correct hand and finger position for chest compressions. Use the pads of two or three fingers of your other hand to give chest compressions on the center of the chest, just below the nipple line (toward the infant’s feet). If you feel the notch at the end of the infant’s sternum, move your fingers slightly toward the infant’s head.
  • Give 30 chest compressions at a rate of at least 100 chest compressions per minute. Each compression should be about 1½ inches deep.



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