Baby choking - first aid for parents
Your baby may be choking if they suddenly become distressed,
have noisy breathing, if they are unable to cry or cough.
In some cases they may not be able to make any noise or
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do if a baby is choking
Watch our video - how to treat a choking baby
Choking baby ‒ what you need to do
Slap it out
- Lay your baby face down on you thigh and support their
- Give up to five back blows between their shoulder blades with
the heel of your hand.
Check their mouth
- Lay your baby on your thigh face up.
- Carefully pick out any obvious objects with your
Squeeze it out
- Using two fingers, give up to five downward chest thrusts.
- Check the mouth. If the obstruction hasn't cleared, call
999/112 for emergency help.
- Take your baby with you and call 999 or 112.
- Repeat the above steps 1 to 3 until help arrives.
- If they become unresponsive at any stage, open their
airway and check their breathing.
- If they’re not breathing, start CPR
(cardiopulmonary resuscitation ‒ chest compressions and rescue
breaths). Follow the instructions for treating a baby who is
unresponsive and not breathing.