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Almost 90% of North East adults are not confident they could save a choking baby

Nearly nine in ten adults in North East wouldn’t be confident in saving a baby from choking Credit: PA

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.

87%
of North East adults surveyed wouldn’t know how to take the correct action to help a choking baby.
46%
of North East adults surveyed wouldn’t be confident using first aid skills in an emergency.
44%
of those surveyed in the North East had never attended a first aid course.

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.

Nearly nine in ten adults in North East wouldn’t be confident in saving a baby from choking Credit: PA

Joe Mulligan, head of first aid at British Red Cross said:

Babies can be very curious and love to explore their surroundings by putting things in their mouths, especially when they’re teething.

No parent wants to be in the situation where their baby is choking and they don’t know what to do, but helping is easy when you know how.

If every parent in the UK knew just a few simple first aid skills, they could be empowered to deal with the everyday injuries and illnesses that their baby may face.

Ultimately the Red Cross would like everyone to have the opportunity to learn first aid throughout their lives, starting at school, so that a generation of people can be equipped with the skills they need to help in an emergency.”

– Joe Mulligan, head of first aid at British Red Cross
Nearly nine in ten adults in North East wouldn’t be confident in saving a baby from choking Credit: PA

Sarah McMullen, Head of Knowledge at National Childbirth Trust said:

It is a good idea for all new or expectant parents to learn basic first aid skills, so that they feel confident and equipped to deal with an emergency situation with their baby, should one occur.

One of the major anxieties for parents is their child choking, but by learning a few simple techniques they will have the reassurance that if it did happen they would know what to do calmly and assertively.”

– Sarah McMullen, Head of Knowledge at NCT

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:

It doesn’t matter how prepared and cautious you are, with children you need to be ready to deal with first aid scenarios at the drop of a hat.

I would definitely recommend that parents learn first aid.

Sometimes you might think that you won’t recall everything you’ve learnt, but actually when it comes to the crunch, the knowledge is there.”

– Father-of-two Ugo Eboh

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.