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First Aid Basics: “Dealing with Chocking”

July 12, 2012

Choking is a very real and common concern, especially in children. Most parents will need to actually deal with the issue at one or more points when it comes to their children.

It is important that you are aware of what you need to be doing if you are around someone who starts choking, as minutes can change everything.

Hit the person firmly on their back between the shoulder blades 5 times to dislodge the object.

Then give 5 quick abdominal thrusts.

(This creates pressure in the airway, which is often enough to dislodge the object, and allow them to breathe again.)

How to administer Abdominal thrusts (Heimlich Maneuver):

Stand behind the chocking person, join your hands around their tummy and form a fist. Pull your hands sharply inwards and upwards. Repeat up to five times.

You would perform the same actions on a child older than one years. Do not hang a child upside down by their feet to dislodge an object, as this is ineffective, and often causes more damage.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2012 12:10 pm

    What should one do for children under 1 year’s of age if they are chocking?

    • July 16, 2012 6:22 am

      In this instance you would need to support their head and neck, while holding them in a position that their head is lower than their chest. YOu would give 5 back blows between the shoulder blades (keeping in mind your strength) and 5 chest thrusts (centre of chest just below nipple line.) You would repeat this until the object is forced out or the infant can be heard to cry. keep in mind the entire time that you are dealing with a baby.
      We would highly recommend however, that all parents attend a First aid Course when becoming new parents.

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