Defibrillators sometimes have an option that include a set of child electrodes, or a built in option within the AED for a child, such a device is made by LifePak and is called the CR2 Defibrillator. These defibrillators have a paediatric capability and are suited for the child. The impedance within this electrode will also provide an appropriate energy level for a child.
These kinds of pads and battery packs are usually best for children between 1 and 8 years of age or weighing up to 25kg. Always be sure to check with your defib, pads and battery to be certain of the age and weight that is suitable.
Some defibrillators can also be switched to a ‘child mode’ for the resuscitation and instructions will be specific to a child, including the pad placement and CPR process.
The Australian Resuscitation Council- ARC, recommends that if your defibrillator does not have child pads, use it anyway as no harm can be caused to a child with an adult pad pack.