New advice on what to do if a baby chokes

Leading first aid charities are issuing new advice to parents on what to do if their baby chokes after research showed many have no idea what action to take.

Live updates

St John Ambulance advice on what to do if baby chokes

Experts say placing the baby face down along the thigh offers much more support for while the parent or carer administers blows to the baby's back to tackle choking.

If an infant is choking then, in the first instance, they should be laid face down along your thigh and supported by your arm, give them five back blows between the shoulder blades with your heel of your hand.

Check their mouth for any obstruction. If there is still a blockage then turn the infant onto their back and give up to five chest thrusts.

Use two fingers, push inwards and upwards against their breastbone. If the obstruction does not clear after three cycles of back blows and chest thrusts, call for an ambulance and continue until help arrives.

– CLIVE JAMES, TRAINING OFFICER AT ST JOHN AMBULANCE

The change in advice, to be officially announced on March 3, comes as a survey of 1,000 parents of under-fives found more a third (38%) have seen their child choke.

Half of these parents admitted they did not know the correct procedure for helping their child, or ways to clear the obstruction.

New advice on what to do if a baby chokes

Leading first aid charities are issuing new advice to parents on what to do if their baby chokes after research showed many have no idea what action to take.

There is New advice on what to do if a baby chokes. Credit: /Press Association Images

St John Ambulance, the British Red Cross and St Andrew's First Aid have agreed a change to the technique for dealing with babies under one who are choking.

Previously, the advice was to place infants along the parent's arm face down, but this is now changing to placing the baby face down along the thigh.

Advertisement

Back to top