Checking for normal breathing

Checking for normal breathingbreathing-infant

Whilst ensuring that the airway is opened and maintained.

  • LOOK down the infant’s/Child’s chest for movement
  • LISTEN for normal breathing
  • FEEL for exhaled breath on your cheek

Carry out this action for NO MORE than 10 seconds, If the infant/child is breathing then carry out a secondary survey. If the infant/child is not breathing then commence CPR.


Agonal Gasps! In the first few minutes after a cardiac arrest an infant or child may be taking infrequent noisy gasps. Do not confuse this with normal breathing, look, listen and feel for no more than 10 seconds before deciding- If you have any doubts if breathing is normal or not, act as if it is not and commence CPR