First Aid - you should know

We have added this page after come across a St. John's ambulance (UK) campaign about the need to know what to do if you find yourself in a baby choking situation. The campaign shows how little people know and tries to help save live. please support this by give either this page or a link to the video showing what to do.

We would also like to get some feedback from anyone who is into first aid training and would like to write something for us in the subject going forward.  

Choking Hazard - Babies

Choking hazard - New research by first aid charity St John Ambulance has revealed that the majority of parents would not be so well prepared to deal with such a potentially life threatening situation. A survey of 4,000 parents, carried out on behalf of the charity, found that four-fifths (79 per cent) would not know how to save their baby from choking despite it being a major fear (58 per cent) and 40 per cent having witnessed it.

Of those who said they knew how to save a choking baby, only 29 per cent knew the correct technique. It was this worrying lack of knowledge that prompted St John Ambulance to launch a new TV and online campaign yesterday - featuring the voices of well-known comedians and actors David Walliams, David Mitchell, Johnny Vegas and Sir John Hurt - in order to teach people how to save the life of a baby who is choking.

In the 40-second animated film called The Chokeables, the celebrities take on the characters of animated objects that could potentially choke a baby: a small princess toy, a pen lid, a jelly baby and a peanut.

The film begins with David Mitchell, as a chewed-up pen lid, asking for the audience's attention. Then a jelly baby voiced by comedian Johnny Vegas explains that they are fed up with real babies choking on innocent objects like them. He then starts struggling for breath and turns blue.

David Walliams' lofty princess character demonstrates the correct technique to save a choking baby - up to five back blows, followed by up to five chest thrusts - as he promptly coughs up a peanut (voiced by Sir John Hurt), before returning to his normal colour.