What to do if Your Baby is Choking – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance

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As you start weaning your baby small
items of food may get lodged in their throat and they may choke. They can also
choke on small toys or household items. If a baby under one year old is choking,
you’ll notice that they’ll be unable to cry, cough or breathe. What we’re going to do now is administer
some back blows. So first of all you need to lay your baby face down along your
thigh, making sure you support their head and their neck. Next we’re going to administer those directly
between the shoulder blades using the heel of your hand. Give up to five sharp
back blows making sure after each one whatever it is hasn’t come out. If the
back blows don’t work we need to move on to giving some chest thrusts. So we need
to turn them over so they’re lying face up, again making sure that their head and
their neck are supported. Put two fingers in line with the arm pit in the center of
the chest pushing down sharply administer up to five chests thrusts. If
this doesn’t work call 999 or 112 for emergency help repeat five back blows and five chest
thrusts until help arrives. If they become unresponsive you will
need to start CPR. So remember if your baby is choking, check the mouth slap it out squeeze it out and that’s
how we treat a choking baby. Thanks for watching. Help support St John
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15 thoughts on “What to do if Your Baby is Choking – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance

  1. My baby has "choked" on a few food items already… not a true choking, as it corrects itself after some coughing or water, but now that I know what to do I do just in case feel better about feeding him solids

  2. It kills me when I see real life videos of babies choking and their parents have no idea what to do, this should be mandatory

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