One of the greatest terrifying concerns that babies parents have is that their child will choke on something. Children aged from one to five, often put objects in their mouth. This is how they explore the world.
But some small objects, such as beads, marbles and button batteries, walnuts, peanuts, seeds, even coins are just the very right size to get stuck in a child’s airway and initiate choking.
You must make sure that small objects are kept out of your child’s reach. That’s why it is very important for you to understand the following steps to certify the safety of any child that is choking on something, whether it will be a relative’s, friends or your own child.
No matter how careful you will be your child may still choke on something. If your child suddenly starts coughing, besides that is not ill; and also has a habit of putting small objects in their mouth, there’s a high chance that they’re choking.
If the baby emits strange sounds such as gasping, rapid breathing or cough when he opens his mouth, there might be presence of a foreign object.
How to help a choking child
- Try to remove the object if you can still see it. Don’t stab carelessly or repeatedly with your fingers, because you can make things worse. You will push the object further in and then is harder to remove.
- Encourage your child to cough loudly constantly repeating for a several minutes.
- If the coughing is not effective and your child is losing conscious run for help immediately.
For babies under one year
- Sit down and lay your baby face down along your thighs, supporting their head with your hand.
- Give the baby five sharp back blows with the heel of one hand in the middle of the back between the shoulder edges. Don’t hesitate to use more force while doing it.
If this doesn’t work, you can use ab pressure. Keep the baby in the lap and hold his head with your hand. The baby’s head must be lower than its body. With your other hand put 2 fingers on the middle of his chest under the nipples. Add 4 cm pressure in deepness and implement this movement 5 to 6 times. Airways will be cleared.
For children over one year
- Lay the child with the face down on your leg.
- Give five back blows from behind.
In Case Nothing Else Delivers Results, Practice CPR (Artificial Respiration). This video will help you to find out how to give proper CPR on a baby.
If back blows don’t relieve the choking and your baby or child is still conscious, you should give chest thrusts to infants under one year or abdominal thrusts to children over one year. This is going to create an artificial cough, and it will increase pressure in the chest; helping to remove the object.
If a choking child is, or becomes, unconscious, put them on a flat, firm surface and yell for help.
Call 999, but should not leave the child at any stage.