Unconscious and breathing children/babies: the recovery position

If the child / baby is breathing then you need to protect their airway by placing them in the recovery position.

The recovery position involves rolling the casualty onto their side with their head tilted back. By doing this, the tongue is kept clear of the airway and any vomit is able to drain and not obstruct the child or baby's airway.


For children, the recovery position technique is the same as for adults. See our basic online first aid course for how to place someone into the recovery position

Child recovery position


Babies / infants

Hold the baby on their side with the head tilted downwards. Ensure you have fully supported the head.

Infant recovery position


John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid & CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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