When can I stop performing CPR on a child or an infant?

Do not stop CPR except in one of these situations:
  • You see an obvious sign of life, such as breathing.
  • An AED is ready to use.
  • Another trained responder or EMS personnel take over. 
  • You are too exhausted to continue.
  • The scene becomes unsafe.

If at any time you notice the child or infant begin to breathe, stop CPR, keep the airway open and monitor breathing and for any changes in the child's or infant's condition until EMS personnel take over.

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