Learn Baby First Aid… and deal with emergencies confidently

World First Aid Day was held on 9 September – and at NCT we believe it’s so important for parents to have first aid training that could potentially save lives.

The focus of this year’s World First Aid Day, held earlier this month, was on choking, which can be a big concern for parents of babies and young children.

If you’d like information on how to deal with choking, or would like to refresh your memory on what steps to take, you can watch the British Red Cross’s video by clicking here.

It’s also a great idea to take a Baby First Aid course to make sure you’re prepared for when the worst happens. To find out more and book your place, click here.

What to do if your baby starts choking

1. Give up to five back blows. Lay them face down along your thigh, with their head lower than their bottom. Support their head and shoulders. Hit them firmly between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. If back blows don’t dislodge the object, move on to step two.

2. Give up to five chest thrusts. Turn them 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.