Since choking can be a life-threatening emergency, staying calm is essential, and the best way to ensure that you keep your cool is knowing what to do!
Hopefully you will never be in a situation where you’ll have to give first aid to your little one, but babies tend to bring everything into their mouths. This is a normal part of their development and exploration, but also might put them at an increased risk for choking! At this age, babies tend to choke on food, little toys, and get caught in drawstrings and curtain cords.
We give you some tips and steps to follow if you find yourself in this situation.
How do you know that your baby is choking?
Be alert to signs. Something may be blocking his airway if your baby…
- Is suddenly unable to cry or cough.
- Makes odd noises or no sound all while opening his mouth.
- Skin turns bright red or blue.
What to do if your baby is choking?
- If your baby is coughing or gagging, it means his airway is only partially blocked. If that’s the case, let him continue coughing. This will be the most effective way to free the blockage.
- If your is baby is conscious but he can’t cough, cry, or breathe, and you believe something is trapped in his airway you can try these STEPS:
- Lay your baby facedown over your forearm or on your lap if you can’t manage the forearm position.
- Support his head by placing your hand around his jaw, using your thigh for leverage.
- Give five quick back blows between his shoulder blades, using the heel of your free hand.
- If the object still remains stuck, turn his faceup, using your thigh or lap for support. Support his head, which should still be lower than his chest, and place two fingers on the middle of his sternum (breastbone). Give him five quick downward thrusts (your fingers should be one finger-width below an imaginary line between your baby’s nipples).
- Repeat with back blows and chest thrusts until the object is visible and you can remove it.
Whatever you do, do not attempt to remove the obstruction yourself by sticking your hand down your baby’s throat. This may cause the object to become lodged more deeply, or you may damage your baby’s throat. If he can’t cough up the object ask someone to call 911, while you continue to do black blows and chest thrust. If your baby loses consciousness, you may need to perform modified CPR on him.
It’s always a good idea to know more about First aid and CPR! To find a class in your area, visit the Red Cross website or call (800- RED- CROSS).
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*Don’t rely on this articule as your sole source of information. This is not meant to be taken as medical advice, but as information as what could help in an emergency. In case of an emergency, always call for medical help.