Are AEDS useful for children with sudden collapse?
Initially AEDs were not recommended for use in children under 8 years of age; however, newer models of AEDs have been shown to reliably recognize shockable rhythms in children. PALS guidelines as of 2010 now recommend use of AEDs for children 1 year of age and older. An AED can also be used in infants younger than 1 year of age if an attenuator for it is available, or if there are no alternatives (i.e., no manual defibrillator is available).
American Heart Association: 2010 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations. Part 10: Pediatric Basic and Advanced Life Support. Circulation 2010;122:S466-S515.