A child with diabetes has passed out at a children’s party and is lying unconscious on the floor.
You check for danger to yourself and the child before rushing over to her. The unconscious child has not responded when you call her name and tap her gently on the shoulder.
Your very first priority is to shout for help then check that she is breathing.
To do this, open the airway by gently tilting the head back and lifting the chin. Then look, listen and feel for normal breathing.
Do not try to give an unconscious child anything to eat or drink.
If the child is breathing, you should put her into the recovery position to keep her airway open then call 999 for an ambulance.
If the child is not breathing, you will need to perform rescue breaths and chest compressions. Follow the video and instructions on the St. John’s Ambulance website to remind yourself how to do this.
If the child with diabetes comes round on her own then she could have fainted from low blood sugar. Give her a sugary drink or sugary snack.
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