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Parents told us that over 40% of them have witnessed their own baby choke and when we quizzed them on the first aid, we found that over four-fifths don’t know what to do in this situation.

Other key findings from our research revealed:

  • 40% of parents have witnessed their baby choke
  • 53% of parents said knowing first aid would help them feel better prepared and less scared
  • Of those who said knew how to save a choking baby, only 29% actually know the correct, recommended technique. Nearly three quarters of parents (71%) selected the wrong answer when given multiple choice options
  • 39% of parents think choking is the most important first aid skill to learn as a parent
  • Of the parents who’d witnessed their baby choke, 77% said their baby choked on food, 14% on vomit, and 9% on toys. Other causes included coins, mucus/phlegm, marbles, and pen lids.

Emergency Life Support Child & Infant

This course focuses on the emergency scenarios that face parents and professionals (teachers, au pairs, playgroup and nursery assistants) looking after young children and infants.

Course syllabus:

  • Bleeding severe
  • Choking
  • Communication and casualty care
  • Primary survey
  • Resuscitation
  • Role of the first aider
  • Unconscious casualty

First aid is such a simple skill, but it has an incredible impact. We want everyone to learn it, so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

Posted: February 19, 2015