What to do when you have a choking child
Common first aid to help when there is no one around
Babies put a lot of things into their mouths
That’s why they are babies, some day it’s a way they learn and interact with their environment, it is also known as oral fixation
Sometimes they may get an object that just is the right size to block their airway (just in front of the oesophagus)
Now what do you do?
The commonest answer would be to take the child to a hospital?
What if the hospital is minutes or even an hour away?
If the blockage is big enough, it could completely block airflow and kill the baby.
Step one: Call for help!
- For a baby under one year: Lay the baby face down across your laps and use the heel of your hands to give a back blow, give 5 blows in the middle, these blows create a vibration that should dislodge the object
If that doesn’t work,
Lay the baby face up
Look for the bone in the middle of the chest called the breastbone
Place two fingers on it and push sharply five times!
Push as though you’re pushing upwards and inwards
All the while calling for help!!!
If this child is older,
Kneel behind the child and wrap your hands around the child’s abdomen between the navel and ribs and pull sharply towards you upwards and inwards, (remember you are behind the child)
What not to do!
NEVER LEAVE THE CHILD ALONE!
DO NOT PUT YOUR FINGERS INTO THE MOUTH OF A CHOKING BABY IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE OBJECT!
Go to the hospital as soon as possible while attempting, time is of the essence.
NEVER GIVE AN OBVIOUSLY CHOKING CHILD WATER TO DRINK