There’s nothing scarier than watching a baby choke. And it happens more often than you might think. According to the Mayo Clinic it’s because babies’ airways are small and therefore easily obstructed by food (think hot dogs and grapes) and small objects (such as marbles and wee parts from toys).

If your baby were choking, would you know what to do? In a recent survey by St John Ambulance, a first-aid charity in England that aims “to teach everyone simple, life-saving skills,” nearly four-fifths of parents who witnessed their child choking didn’t.

So the organization put out a 40-second video clip starring “The Chokeables” — animated objects (voiced by British actors) that pose a choking hazard for kids. The characters teach parents, simply and quickly, how to help a baby or young child in distress by using back blows and chest thrusts.

Many parents might be tempted to reach into their child’s throat to remove the obstruction, but that could forcer the object deeper down. This video conveys the proper technique.

It ends by asking viewers to “Please share with other humans.” So we did. 


Angela is a Pulitzer Prize-winning digital editor with more than 15 years of experience delivering news and information to audiences worldwide. Prior to joining SafeBee, she was the features editor for Boston.com at The Boston Globe, overseeing health, travel, entertainment, business and lifestyle coverage. Before moving to features, she was the news and homepage editor, covering stories such as the Boston Marathon bombing, Red Sox World Series victories, presidential elections, a papal inauguration, and more. Her favorite safety tip: Clean your phone! The average cell phone has 18 times more germs than the toilet handle in a men’s restroom.