Do You Know How To Save A Baby From Choking?

Do you know how to save a baby from choking? It can happen so easily.  Uncut grapes, marshmallows, anything that little fingers can shove into their mouths – the risks are everywhere.

It’s a great time to revisit the campaign run by St John Ambulance (#thechokeables) which aims to raise awareness for parents and carers for children around the risks of choking and how to help a choking child.

Ieuan Hobbis March 2008
Ieuan in March 2008

They believe that everyone should have the skills and confidence to know what to do in an emergency.

Knowing basic first aid can be the difference between life and death – and every week they hear of new people whose lives have been saved because someone nearby knew what to do.

40% of parents asked by St John Ambulance have witnessed their own baby choke and it was found that almost four-fifths (80%!) don’t know what to do in this situation.

Using the voices of celebrities such as David Walliams, David Mitchell, Johnny Vegas and Sir John Hurt, St. John Ambulance made a short video called “The Chokeables” to show us how to help a choking baby.

In The Chokeables, the celebrities take on the characters of animated objects that could potentially choke babies: a small princess toy, a pen lid, a jelly baby and a peanut.

They’ve joined together because they’ve had enough and want to show how easy it is to save a choking baby’s life.

In just 40 seconds you can learn how to give first aid to a choking baby.

In case you missed the video the first time around, here it is.

Please watch it and share this post so that as many people as possible learn what to do.


For more information visit St John Ambulance where you will also find other helpful first aid resources for parents on their website including dedicated first aid advice videos, a download and keep first aid poster, the St John Ambulance app, and an essential first aid course.

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