Can You Use an AED on Children, Babies and Infants?

AEDs strengthen the chain of survival and can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest, but can they be used on children, babies and infants?

This blog will discuss if we can use AED on children, babies and infants. If so, how and when.

Can you use an adult AED on an infant or small child?

AEDs can connect “paediatric” pads or a paediatric setting to reduce shock size.

This method is best for babies or children under eight years. If you have adult pads, use them.

Most paediatric pads are placed in the chest's centre and the back's centre.

Some paediatric pads can be placed in the exact location as adult pads. 

How do you put an AED on a baby?

If it looks like the pads will touch, put one pad in the centre of the baby's chest.

Put the other pad on the centre of the baby's upper back. You may need to dry the baby's back.

Don't touch the baby while the AED checks the baby's heart rhythm.

What should you do when using an AED on an infant or child under eight?

If you use an AED for an infant or a child less than eight years of age and the AED does not have child pads, you may use adult pads.

Pads may need to be placed anterior and posterior, so they do not touch or overlap.

Can an AED be used on an infant under 1?

AEDs should not be used on infants less than one-year-old.

If you do not have an AED with variable energy levels available for use, then an ALS unit should be contacted, and CPR performed until that unit can get to the scene.

Who can use an AED?

AEDs are designed to be used by non-medical personnel, such as firefighters, police officers, lifeguards, flight attendants, security guards, teachers, family members of high-risk persons, and bystanders.

That includes you. Anyone can use (and should use) an AED in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Where can I find first aid, AED and CPR training courses for children, babies and infants

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited statutory and mandatory training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

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