Choking is a common occurrence in children. Especially those aged 1 to 5, have a habit of putting things in their mouth. This is a natural phase of their growth. Don’t do anything if the kid is coughing and gagging but can still breathe and talk. However, if they are unable to breathe, you must intervene immediately to avoid a life-threatening situation.
Choking can be vital even in adults, in the case of children it is much more severe and needs special care. Your kid may choke on something, no matter how careful you are. So it is important to know how to help a choking kid with first aid.
There are a few signs that can help you to know if a child is choking and call the emergency number in your region to get paramedic support.
Emergency paramedic support is important in these situations. Remember the earlier you contact them the earlier medical support arrives at the scene.
CPR should be started as soon as the child is moved to the floor. Only remove the thing from their mouth if you can see it. Learn how to do a CPR.
Hit them in between shoulder blades. Back to back blows cause a lot of movement and pressure in the respiratory airway, which usually dislodges the obstruction. They will be able to breathe again once the blockage is removed. If back strikes fail to dislodge the object, go to the next step.
Make five abdominal thrusts (also known as the Heimlich maneuver). Pull inwards and upwards above the child’s belly button while holding the child’s waist.
Squeezing the air out of the lungs with abdominal thrusts may help to release the blockage.
Continue the process until the airway is free. If you’re the only rescuer before dialing 911 or your local emergency number for assistance. If another person is nearby, have them contact for assistance while you provide first aid.
The most important thing to remember is that if your choking child is coughing, you should never pat or slap them on the back. Your actions may worsen the condition by dislodging the object and allowing it to enter the airway further.
Seek help from a medical expert near at the earliest. Their help can help the person from regaining his normal condition faster.
Also, make sure that you have called for emergency medical support the first time. For more help and support, contact us on 1800 889 2559.