Although we'd all like to think our child will never get seriously ill, it's always a possibility. Just like adults, kids can have problems with their bodily organs, whether caused my trauma or a congenital disorder. In some instances, a child may need a defibrillator, and you should know exactly what to do in that case, whether you work with children or you have one of your own. 

You may use an automated external defibrillator (AED) on younger children over the age of one. A defibrillator should never be used on an infant because there is insufficient evidence related to the safety of an AED on children younger than 12 months old. The child must exhibit no signs of circulation such as not having a pulse. You should opt for a device that sends a pediatric dose of electrical shock. One made for kids will detect if a shock is needed based on what normal vitals are for a child. 

The American Heart Association recommends doing one minute of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before taking any other course of action, and that's exactly what you'll learn in American Heart Classes. Once you complete the one minute of CPR, you should contact emergency medical services (EMS) and connect the AED. 

For  children between the ages of one and eight, an automated external defibrillator for children should be used. It sends a shock that isn't as strong as ones made for adults. In fact, ones made for children of this age have a decreased energy level that is 50 to 70 joules less than the ones used on adults. The cables and pads tend to be smaller to fit a child's size better. You may use an adult automated defibrillator on children who are eight years of age or older. 

The first thing to do if you see a tot has collapsed is to pinch the child and see if he or she responds. See if he or she is breathing. If he or she doesn't respond and isn't breathing, you should check for a pulse. Defibrillation is only useful and safe when there aren't any signs of circulation. In fact, it should only be used on children who have pulseless ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. If the child has a pulse, contact EMS immediately and don't apply the AED pads. 

When a child doesn't have any signs of circulation and CPR has been done for one minute, you may apply the pads. Make sure there's no water in the location you choose to start this process. Turn on the device and follow the prompts. One pad should be placed on the right side above the person's nipple. The other pad needs to go just below the left nipple, to the left of the ribcage. They need to be connected well, or the electrodes won't be able to detect the person's heart rhythm and send a shock. The device will analyze the person's heart rate and determine if a shock is needed. Once it does so, it will send the shock. After you complete this step, just wait by the child until EMS comes to further examine the child and take him or her to get further medical treatment. 

 

 

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