What to do if your child starts choking

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

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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:

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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.
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For more information visit the British Red Cross site.

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