What to do if Your Baby is Choking – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance

As you start weaning your baby, small items of food may get lodged in their throat and they may choke. They can also choke on small toys or household items. If a baby under one year old is choking, you’ll notice that they will be unable to cry, cough or breathe. What we’re going to do now is administer some back blows. So first of all you need to lay your baby face down along your thigh, making sure you support their head and their neck. Next we’re going to administer those directly between the shoulder blades, using the heel of your hand. Give up to five sharp back blows, making sure after each one checking that whatever it is hasn’t come out. If the back blows don’t work, we now need to move on to giving some chest thrusts. So we need to turn them over, so they’re lying face up. Again, making sure that their head and their neck are supported. Put two fingers in line with the armpit in the centre of the chest. Pushing down sharply, administer up to five chest thrusts. If this doesn’t work, call 999 or 112 for emergency help. Repeat five back blows and five chest thrusts until help arrives. If they become unresponsive, you will need to start CPR. So remember, if your baby is choking, check the mouth, slap it out, squeeze it out. And that’s how we treat a choking baby. Thanks for watching. Help support St John Ambulance, donate today.


  1. My baby has "choked" on a few food items already… not a true choking, as it corrects itself after some coughing or water, but now that I know what to do I do just in case feel better about feeding him solids

  2. It kills me when I see real life videos of babies choking and their parents have no idea what to do, this should be mandatory

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