Should you put an unconscious child on their side?
Placing an unconscious child on their side reduces the risk that they will need to stay in hospital, a new study has found. If a child is breathing normally and has clear airways, but are not responding, they should be put on their side with their mouth facing downwards to allow liquids to drain out.
Why is recovery position on the left side?
Transport to Medical Care
Patients should be transported to a hospital as quickly, but as passively, as possible. They should be placed on their left side in the recovery position to prevent aspiration of vomit.
What is the main danger to a child who is unconscious and lying on their back?
Description: The biggest danger to the unconscious patient is airway obstruction. This may be caused by the patient lying flat on their back allowing the tongue to fall into a position where it obstructs air entering the air passages or through stomach regurgitation (vomit).
When do children become unconscious?
Call 911 if your child remains unconscious for over two minutes, has difficulty breathing, or if she shakes or jerks while unconscious. A weak pulse or shallow breathing requires emergency care.
What’s the first thing you should do when you see someone unconscious?
Call or tell someone to call 911 or the local emergency number. Check the person’s airway, breathing, and pulse frequently. If necessary, begin CPR. If the person is breathing and lying on their back, and you do not think there is a spinal injury, carefully roll the person toward you onto their side.
Why do you turn someone on their left side during a seizure?
Turn the person gently onto one side. This will help the person breathe. Clear the area around the person of anything hard or sharp. This can prevent injury.
When a person is unresponsive but breathing?
Sometimes when a person is unresponsive their breathing may become noisy, irregular or gasping. This is usually a sign that their heart and lungs are not working properly and you should treat them as an unresponsive person who is not breathing.
What do you do when a child is unresponsive but breathing?
Learn first aid for a child who is unresponsive and breathing
- Check their breathing by tilting their head back and looking and feeling for breaths. Do this for no more than ten seconds. …
- Move them onto their side and tilt their head back. …
- Call 999 as soon as possible.