Nearly nine in ten adults in North East wouldn’t be confident in saving a baby from choking
Research by the British Red Cross, shows only a small proportion of adults in the North East would be confident in taking the correct action in the event of a baby choking.
As part of World First Aid Day on Saturday 9 September, the Red Cross is calling on parents in particular to learn how to help a choking baby or child
Choking is a risk for babies and young children, with small everyday items like sweets, grapes and coins some of the common hazards.
Meanwhile the survey of parents across the UK found that 20% of Mums and Dads had never learnt first aid through any means, with a third of parents of babies under two having never been on a first aid course.
Joe Mulligan, head of first aid at British Red Cross said:
Sarah McMullen, Head of Knowledge at National Childbirth Trust said:
Father-of-two Ugo Eboh from Chester successfully put his first aid knowledge into action when his son Reuben began choking on a 20 pence piece in 2015.
Ugo acted quickly, turning him on his front, before giving him a couple of firm back blows to encourage the coin to dislodge.
Speaking about his experience, Ugo said:
Ahead of World First Aid Day the British Red Cross is calling on all parents to learn how to help a choking baby or child and share these skills with family and friends.
To book a first aid for baby and child course go to www.redcrossfirstaidtraining.co.uk.