As a new parent, every time meal time arrives I get the fear…the choking fear!

Marlowe seems to think everything is food at the moment. Fruit – yup, my phone – yup, paper – yup. With her constantly putting things in her mouth I’m convinced she’s going to choke at any moment. 

If like me you have (arguably) an irrational obsession that your baby is going to choke, or even if you haven’t, knowing how to deal with a choking baby is probably a good a life skill.  Here is Daisy First Aids guidance on what to do if your baby is choking.  

Back Blows

Step 1: Shout for help, but don’t leave the baby.

Step 2: Sit or kneel and lay the baby over your lap, face down, head lowest, supporting the head

Step 3: Give up to 5 sharp blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. 

The aim is to relieve the choking with each blow rather than give all 5.

Chest Thrusts

Step 1: Turn the baby chest over facing up. Support the head and lower it below the level of the chest.

Step 2: Use 2 fingers to give up to 5 chest thrusts.  These are similar to chest compressions but sharper and slower.  The aim is to relieve the choking with each thrust rather than give all 5.

 If these steps do not work, shout for help. Ask someone to call 999/112 or use loud speaker on your mobile if you are alone and get emergency help. 

Keep repeating steps 1 and 2 and don’t stop until the blockage has been removed or baby loses consciousness.  If the baby becomes unconscious – Start CPR.

It is highly recommend these steps are practiced on a first aid manikin. To learn more and attend a Daisy First Aid class visit

We’re lucky enough to have Daisy First running a choking workshop on Day 2 of Being Fest. Check out the full Speaker List & Timed Agenda.