Choking in kids: First aid and more

You and your child are giggling at the dinner table for one minute. The toddler is choking the next minute. What are your options?

Be certain that the youngster is choking. Let her alone if she is coughing or chatting; she is not choking. A youngster who is choking will gag or produce a high-pitched sound.

“Are you choking?” inquire about your youngster. If she nods yes or is unable to communicate, let her know you can assist her. Most importantly, don’t freak out! Your youngster relies on you to be calm.

Choking is a potentially fatal situation. Your child might be choking if he or she:

  • begins gasping or wheezing and is unable to speak, cry, or make noise
  • begins to get blue in the face, grips his or her throat, or waves his or her arms, and seems frantic

If they are unable to breathe, scream, talk, or cough when you speak to them, they may be choking. If your child is aware but not coughing adequately, you must administer first assistance.

  1. Step one is to cough it out.

Encourage your youngster to cough if they are coughing efficiently. If it doesn’t work, you might have to smack it out.

  1. Step 2 is to smack it out.

Put your support behind your youngster. Support them in a forward-thinking manner.

Deliver up to 5 hits between the shoulder blades to the back. If this does not remove the thing, you will have to squeeze it out.

  1. Step 3 is to squeeze it out.

Kneel or stand behind the youngster. Perform 5 abdominal thrusts (this is called the Heimlich manoeuvre). Make a fist and insert it between your belly button and ribs. With your other hand, grasp this hand and pull firmly inwards and upwards. Applying pressure on the ribs may result in injury.

  1. Step 4: Contact an ambulance or other emergency contacts.

Continue with 5 back blows and 5 abdominal thrusts. Continue doing so until the object comes out, the ambulance arrives, or your kid becomes unconscious. The emergency phone operator will also show you how to perform CPR.

Remove the thing with your fingers if you see it during PCR. If you can’t see the thing, don’t put your fingers in your child’s mouth. If the thing does come out, you should still seek medical attention. This is in case a piece of the item remains or if your child is injured during the process.