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Paediatric recovery position

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recovery position (paediatric BLS)

An unconscious child whose airway is clear and who is breathing normally should be turned onto his side into the recovery position. There are several recovery positions; each has its advocates.

The important principles to be followed are:

  • the child should be placed in as near a true lateral position as possible with his mouth dependant to enable free drainage of fluid.
  • the position should be stable. In an infant, this may require the support of a small pillow or a rolled-up blanket placed behind his back to maintain the position.
  • there should be no pressure on the chest that impairs breathing.
  • it should be possible to turn the child onto his side and to return him back easily and safely, taking into consideration the possibility of cervical spine injury.
  • the airway should be accessible and easily observed.
  • the adult recovery position is suitable for use in children.


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