How to Stop a Baby from Choking

The thought of your baby choking is one of the most worrying things for a parent. Do you know how to stop a baby from choking, if you ever found yourself in this situation?

What to do if your baby is choking. 4 steps plus simple instruction video


St John’s Ambulance shared that over 40% of the parents they spoke to have witnessed their own baby choke and when they quizzed them on the first aid, they found that almost four-fifths don’t know what to do in this situation. That is pretty scary! To help the information stick into parents minds, they have made a short video, complete with celebrity voices.

How to stop a baby from choking

If your baby is choking:

  • Lay them face down on your thigh
  • Give up to 5 back blows
  • If that doesn’t work, turn them over and give up to 5 chest thrusts – until the airway is clear
  • If that still doesn’t work, call an ambulance.

To find out more watch the Chokeables video here, or visit the campaign page

As the video says, please share with your friends. You never know when this information could be vital, and even save a babies life.



As a thanks for taking the time to watch the video and spread awareness about how to stop a baby from choking, St John’s Ambulance wanted to give one of you the chance to win a universal compact first aid kit. You can see the first aid kit here and for your chance to win, enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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Contents of the first aid kit:

  • First Aid In An Emergency Booklet – 2014
  • Washproof plasters assorted-pk10
  • St John Ambulance no.16 eye pad first aid dressing – sterile
  • St John Ambulance disposable triangular bandage, 90 x 90 x 130cm – non-sterile
  • St John Ambulance medium first aid dressing, 12 x 12cm – sterile
  • HSE SJA Branded 18cm x 18cm – sterile
  • Sterile cleansing wipe-single
  • St John Ambulance nitrile powder-free gloves – pair
  • Eye Wash Phials 20ml – Single
  • St John Ambulance Face Shield – Single
  • Microporous tape, 1.25cm x 10m – single
  • Burnshield® Burn Blott sachet, 3.5ml – single
  • Green plastic splinter remover

Images: Close Up Marbles (Modified) / Warning Label on the Toy Package Shutterstock

68 thoughts on “How to Stop a Baby from Choking”

  1. A great video thank you! I trained in first aid during my training as a nursery nurse but cannot remember what I learned now as it was over 20 years ago! I defo think every parent should know what to do if they are ever in that situation.

  2. I learnt first aid at school which is, hum, a few years ago and I’ve been trying to find a first aid course which doesn’t a fortune, and failed. So at least I know what do to if people choke. Although I do remember being surprised at just how hard you need to hit, especially with babies

  3. We had a situation last weekend when our grandson was choking on a chicken nugget. So scary. Think this video is really useful.

  4. I’m lucky that I have never experienced a choking child, but we have been given training in work so I hope I’d be able to help if it did happen

  5. Both of my boys have have choking incidences as babies one with a piece of banana the other with some pasta. My mum is a nurse so I was bought up knowing basic first aid – thank goodness! If I hadn’t have known before I was pregnant I would have gone to a course or such to find out! This kind of information is so important for parents, or any one, ot have!
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  6. This is so important and such a great post for all us parents. I think we all think we would be prepared or just hop it never happens but in reality it does happen and it’s great to be as prepared as we can. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  7. This is a really useful video that’s done in such a clever way. I’m hoping to have infant and toddler first aid training soon.

  8. A great memorable video – I am actively on the look out for choking hazards in my own home and hope that this video also leads to friends and family thinking of the dangers when my toddler comes to visit!

  9. Luckily I’ve never experienced a child choking but I did do a St Johns Ambulance First Responder course for work a few years ago. Although some details will have changed it has made me feel more confident to deal with any accidents which my kids have experienced, from cuts & bumps to suspected broken arm & more serious cuts.

  10. a very serious subject great video very informative should the need ever arise which i hope it doesn’t shared on facebook and pinterest and twitter as i think this is information everyone needs to know x

  11. The information is presented in a way that’s easy to understand. It’s very useful to know, although we all we’ll never need it. I don’t understand why First Aid isn’t on the national curriculum. Let’s face it, it’s much more useful to most of us, than learning a Modern Foreign Language, or a Humanities subject.

  12. My daughter is due to have her first baby and this is a real worry for mums, any thing that could teach someone how to cope in that situation is a great idea

  13. I think it’s fab. My daughter recently had a chocking experience thankfully I remembered what to do. More people should know basic first aid you never know you’ll need it. x

  14. I have actually seen this video before on tv and think it’s very effective. Nice to hear some familiar voices in there as well 🙂

  15. video explains it well, i used to be the qualified first aider at work but never had to deal with anyone choking x

  16. I watched the video and feel confident I could carry out the instructions but I hope I never have the need to.

  17. Im so glad people are being made aware, I love this video for just that! It’s not something people think about all the time, but if ever it comes to it (God forbid) then you’ll have something to think back to !


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