A MUM has praised the quick-thinking actions of her son after he saved the life of his baby brother who was in danger of choking to death.

Sara Brunt, of Great Harwood, was driving into Blackburn with her 11-week-old baby Tayo and his brother Solomon last Saturday to do some Christmas shopping.

The 10-year-old St Wulstan’s Primary School pupil saw that his brother was making sudden, jerky arm movements and was not making any sounds.

Solomon could tell the tot had stopped breathing and he reacted quickly to clear his airways.

The 37-year-old mum says she cannot believe how maturely her eldest son calmly took control and saved Tayo, who suffers from the condition silent reflux.

She said: “Solomon was in the back of the car and Tayo was in the laid-back car seat.

“He saw the movements and looked round to see if he was alright. He then saw that he was not well and had turned grey and was foaming at the mouth.

“He pulled him out of the car seat and started to pat him on the back. As we stopped the car and he was starting to look better. We were just at Whitebirk so we were able to drive to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and I took Tayo through to A&E.

“If it was not for Solomon then he may not have survived. Not every mum has someone with them to know their kid is ill.

“His quick actions were great and he knew he had to do something. He could have just screamed and shouted to me but instead stayed very calm to try to help his brother.

“He has not done any first aid training before so he must have seen something like that on the television about trying to get him breathing again.”

Ms Brunt, who works as a head of improvement in the NHS, said Tayo suffers from silent reflux which means they are having to monitor the baby regularly in case something similar happens again.

Silent reflux is when a baby brings up milk and some of the acid from their stomach comes up with it, sometimes causing them to choke.

Sara said: “Reflux is common in babies but sometimes the fluid goes down into the lungs and it means they cannot breathe.

“We are having to take night-times in shifts and we have a special device attached to Tayo’s leg to measure his oxygen levels and heart rate. An alarm goes off if his levels drop.

“We are also having to get a different car seat rather than the laid back ones but a cradled one.

Sara added that Tayo’s condition should improve as he gets older. “Solomon was a bit traumatised watching his brother being ill. We have asked him if he wants do some first aid training so he can help us too.”