Here's The Simplest, Most Effective Way To Save A Baby Who's Choking

One of the things that makes humans unique is just how helpless our infants are for a large part of their childhood. Most animals tend to have young that mature fairly quickly - baby horses are usually up and walking within a few hours of being born, for instance. Humans, on the other hand, need constant care for at least the first few years of life.

One of the biggest dangers to babies is choking. According to the New York State Department of Health, kids under five are at the greatest risk of choking, and it's the fourth leading cause of unintentional death among them. While it's usually some food, it can also be other items like toys or some other random object - kids are notoriously grabby and their first instinct with anything new is to stick it in their mouths. 

Sadly, most people have no idea what to do with a choking infant, as you cannot do a regular Heimlich maneuver on them. A survey by St. John Ambulance found that over 40% of parents had witnessed their child choking at some point, and 80% of those parents were not aware of how to respond to the situation.

That's why they've created this helpful video in the form of an animated service announcement, which helps explain exactly what to do if a baby chokes or stops breathing.

If your baby is choking, lay them face down on your thigh. Then one gives up to five back blows. If that doesn’t work, turn them over and give them up to five chest thrusts… until the airway is clear. And if that still doesn’t work, call an ambulance.

Be sure to SHARE this potentially life-saving information with your family and friends.

H/T: St. John Ambulance

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