Choking in babies and children

A baby or child who is choking will be unable to cry, cough, make any other noise or breathe. A child may also be clutching at their chest or neck. The instructions below will guide you through what to do in this situation.


Choking baby

choking baby first aid

1. Give up to five back blows

Hold the baby face down along your thigh with their head lower than their bottom. Hit them firmly on their back between the shoulder blades up to five times.

If back blows do not dislodge the object, move on to step two.

2. Give up to five chest thrusts

Turn the baby over so they are facing upwards and place two fingers in the middle of their chest just below the nipples. Push sharply downwards up to five times.

3. Call 999 if the object does not dislodge.


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Choking child

1. Give up to five back blows

Hit them firmly on their back between the shoulder blades.

If back blows do not dislodge the object, move on to step two.

2. Give up to five abdominal thrusts

Hold the child around the waist and pull upwards and inwards above their belly button.

3. Call 999 if the object does not dislodge.


Watch the video:

Click here for more info from the Red Cross.

You can learn further first aid tips for croup, broken bones, head injury, meningitis and more by visiting the Red Cross website.

Last updated: 23 days ago