What to do if your child starts choking

Advice on what to do if your child is choking, from the British Red Cross


Babies and small children love to put things in their mouths – and you can’t always intervene quickly enough to stop them. In the event of choking, follow these steps:


If your baby is choking:

  • Lay him face down along your forearm so his head is lower than his body.
  • With the heel of your hand, give up to five firm back blows between the shoulder blades to dislodge the object.

If your child is over one-years-old:

  • Stand behind him, bend him forwards and give up to five back blows between the shoulder blades.

For more information visit the British Red Cross site.

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