Yorkshire parents in the dark over best way to help stricken kids

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Shocking statistics reveal that nearly half of parents in Yorkshire would not know the correct procedure to help a choking child.

Nearly a third of parents have witnessed their child choke and nearly half of parents in Yorkshire do not know the official first aid procedure to help children.

Choking is the third most common cause of infant death in the UK, after road traffic accidents and house fires — killing an average of 24 under-fives a year in England and Wales.

St John Ambulance, British Red Cross and St Andrew’s First Aid endorsed changes with how to treat a child who is choking with one of the key changes being that an infant should now be treated sitting down on a first aider’s leg instead of along an arm.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance as part of our First Aid For All campaign.

We are aiming to teach basic first aid skills to 500 people in Leeds - and yesterday we revealed that we are nearly half way to reaching our target.

David Nicklen, regional manager training and community projects, said: “The response from the people of Leeds to the First Aid for All campaign has been absolutely brilliant and a real boost for the work of St John Ambulance.”

St John Ambulance are offering a three-hour course at a discounted rate of just £20.

To book your place, telephone 01924 262 726 and press option four and quote discount code 20EFAAA.

First Aid courses will be held at Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, on: February 24, 1pm-4pm and March 25, 9.30am-12.30pm and at Leeds Church Institute on March 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm until 4pm.

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