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CPR for Babies: Positioning Your Hands for Chest Compressions

CPR on infant, showing placement of two fingers on breastbone.

To find the compression landmark:

  • Kneel or stand next to the baby after putting the baby on a flat surface.
  • Picture a line connecting the nipples, and place two fingers or two thumbs on the baby's breastbone just below that line. If you are using your thumbs, use your fingers to encircle the baby's chest and back.
  • Use just your two fingers or thumbs to press the chest.

Current as of: November 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine