First aid charities have updated their advice on how to help a choking child after survey suggests that many parents do not know what to do in an emergency.

The survey, commissioned to mark the new edition of the First Aid Manuel, revealed that a third of parents had witnessed their child choking, and yet nearly half did not know how to implement potential life-saving treatment.

St John Ambulance, the British Red Cross and St Andrew’s First Aid now advises that adults should place their baby along their thigh, while firmly striking the infant’s back. This differs from previous guidance which recommended resting the infant along the adult’s arm.

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