Positioning a child in the straddle position

A photo of a child in the straddle position. A child of about 4–5 years old is straddling the carer, so that the carer is hugging the child against their chest. The child is straddling both of the carer’s legs. The carer is holding the child tightly with their left arm. The child’s right arm is tucked under the carer’s left armpit. The carer is holding the child’s left arm at the elbow against the child’s body, using their right hand. The deltoid muscle injection side on the child’s left arm is exposed.

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Last updated: 
12 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
12 June 2018