Breathing problems

This section of first aid advice from St John Ambulance covers the most common situations relating to breathing problems. Watch our professional videos, see our easy to follow illustrations and read our expert first aid advice.

We help you to know what to do if someone is choking, whether they are a baby, a child or an adult. Get advice on how to treat someone who is suffering from an asthma attack. We provide information on what to do if a baby or child has croup, give advice for when someone is hyperventilating and how to treat someone for the effects of drowning.

Breathing topics:

Asthma attack

Choking adults

Choking advice for parents (child and baby)

Croup

Drowning

Hyperventilation

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