Guest post: Hello, my name is Carla and I own a business called First Aid Confidence. This is my second blog for Mumsnet Local. This month I will be discussing the recovery position for adults, children and infants, which is a simple but important skill.

When should you use the Recovery Position?

The recovery position is a very simple technique that should be used for an adult, child or infant that is unconscious but is breathing.

How do I Check if Someone is Breathing?

To check if someone is breathing:

  • Talk to them to get them to respond
  • If no response tap them on the collar bone for a response
  • If no response, perform a head tilt chin lift manoeuvre by placing the fingers of one hand on their forehead and fingers from the other hand just under their chin and tip their head back to open their airway
  • Place your cheek over their mouth and feel for breath, listen for breath and look to see if their chest is rising for 10 seconds
  • If there is no sign of breathing then call 999 and request an ambulance and then commence CPR

Why should you use the Recovery Position?

The recovery position involves laying someone on their side and is used to ensure that a person’s airway is open and stays open. If someone who is unconscious vomits whilst lying on their back then their airway is going to become blocked and this will prevent them from breathing. If someone who is in the recovery position vomits then the fluid should drain away.

First Aiders follow the A, B, C process.FirstAidConfidence_Logo

A = Airway

B = Breathing

C= Compressions/Circulation

First Aiders should always ensure that the airway is clear as a priority.

How do you put an Adult/Child in the Recovery Position?

There is a very good video available on the NHS Choices website that provides a step-by-step explanation of how to put someone in the recovery position. Once someone is safely in the recovery position you can call 999 and request an ambulance. Ensure that you tell the ambulance service that the person is unconscious and breathing, the age of the person and your location. Remain with the person to monitor them and check whether they are still breathing.

How do you put an Infant in the Recovery Position?

Due to the small size of an infant, it is not possible to use the same technique as the one used for an adult or a child. An infant can be cradled in your arms on their side with their head tilted downwards to allow any fluids to drain away. Using this technique you can keep their airway open and also continuously monitor them to ensure that they are still breathing whilst you call 999 and request an ambulance. There is a video of the correct positioning for the infant recovery position on the website. The video explains the method for an adult and then shows the positioning for an infant.

I hope you’ve found my blog helpful. This is a brief overview of the recovery position. If you would like to learn more about First Aid and get some practical experience then please contact me as I would be more than happy to provide this for you. The more people who have First Aid skills the better!

Next month I will be discussing CPR for Adults, Children and Infants.

A little bit about me and First Aid Confidence.

The purpose of First Aid Confidence is to deliver affordable, effective First Aid Training in a professional yet relaxed manner that enables every learner to obtain the knowledge and skills that they require to perform First Aid competently and confidently. I want everybody who attends one of my courses to have the knowledge and confidence to carry out first aid should the need arise and I am committed to ensuring that every person has the opportunity to learn first aid. My previous role was within the ambulance service and I am a fully qualified first aid instructor. I offer first aid at work courses as well as paediatric first aid courses that meet Ofsted requirements and I am also keen to provide bespoke courses for parents who want to learn the skills needed to manage situations such as a child choking or an unconscious child.

Visit my website at to find out more about the courses and other benefits that First Aid Confidence provides. You can also email me at or call me on 07939 885330 for an informal chat about First Aid Training.


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