First Aid for Your Child: Choking
Choking can occur as a result of food mistakenly getting caught in the throat or wind pipe, or in young children as a result of any small object they may put in their mouths. The coughing reflex will usually solve the problem. If it doesn’t, you will have to help the child remove the food/object.
•Inability to speak
•Gasping or wheezing
•Purple or blue skin color
What to Do
•Attempt to remove the food/object from the child’s mouth with your fingers
•Bend the child so his head is lower than his chest. Slap him between his shoulder blades – repeat 4 times
•For school-aged children, stand behind the child, make your hand into a fist, and put it on his abdomen (above his belly button). Grasp your fisted hand with your other hand, then pull strongly and direct inwards and upwards. Repeat 4 times or until the object is expelled from the airway.
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