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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.
The change in advice, to be officially announced on March 3, comes as a survey shows one in five North East parents don't know what to do if a child is choking.
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.
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.
A third of parents say they've seen their child choking but nearly half don't know the first aid procedure to tackle it.
The research was carried out by St John Ambulance, St Andrew's First Aid and British Red Cross