How to put a child and baby in the recovery position

Follow the St John Ambulance's step-by-step guide to the recovery position

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Below St John Ambulance show you how to put a child (1 year olds and above) and a baby in the recovery position. If you have put someone in the recovery position make sure you:

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  1. Call 999 or 112 for emergency help.
  2. Keep checking that they are still breathing
  3. Stop them from getting cold, using a blanket or coat if necessary
  4. Treat any life threatening conditions
  5. If the casualty has to be in the recovery position for a long time, turn them from one side to the other every 30 minutes, if their injuries allow

How to put a child in the recovery position

Step 1: Place the arm that is nearest to you at a right angle

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Step 2: Place the hand of the other arm against the cheek nearest to you. Grasp the far leg just above the knee and pull it up, keeping the foot flat on the floor.

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Step 3: Keep the casualty’s hand pressed against the cheek and pull on the far leg to roll the casualty towards you and on their side.

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Step 4: Tilt the casualty’s head back and tilt the chin so that the airway remains open.

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How to put a baby in the recovery position

  1. Cradle the infant in your arms with their head titled downwards
  2. Monitor their breathing and level of response until medical help arrives
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For more info visit the St John Ambulance website.

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