Reuters Health reported that children who are positioned on their side have lower odds of needing to stay in the hospital, as reported by a new study from Europe.

The so-called recovery position has the patient being put on their side, with the mouth facing downward to allow fluid to drain. In the study, researchers say this position should be used on unconscious children who are breathing normally with already cleared airways.

The study found that children who were put into the recovery position were ultimately 72 percent less likely to be admitted to the hospital than those who weren’t put in the position.

The study found that most parents had tried other techniques on an unconscious child. Some of those techniques could be potentially dangerous, including shaking and slapping their children.

SOURCE: Archives of Disease in Childhood.