Recovery position: First aid at home

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An overview of what the recovery position is, when you might need to use it and how to put your child in it.

Key points

  • Put your child in the recovery position if they are unconscious, breathing and have a pulse.
  • The recovery position helps to prevent them from choking while they are unconscious.
  • If your child may have a spinal or neck injury, do not put them in the recovery position unless they are not able to breathe because their airway is blocked.
Last updated: September 2nd 2020