There is nothing more distressing than seeing your baby choking! Most parents find themselves completely confused and terrorized in this situation and unable to react properly at the opportune time.
Have you heard about the St. John Ambulance? According to this organization which is committed to informing people about first aid, 40 percent of parents have witnessed their baby choking and 80 percent have no idea how to react in this situation. With this being said, it is crucial to increase awareness and information regarding this issue and the way parents can address it.
How to Keep Your Baby From Choking
Removing a choking hazard from a baby is quite complex since their bodies are very delicate and even the tiniest mistake may leave them seriously injured.
Below you have a step-by-step procedure of how to stop a baby from choking.
Assess The Situation
Assessing the situation is crucial! In case the baby is still coughing and wheezing, don’t interfere as this means that there is still air going to their lungs. If you try to move the object and thus block their airway, you will even worsen the situation since the hazard may become wedged deeper into their esophagus.
On the other hand, if the baby suddenly stops coughing, start the procedure immediately since stopping coughing typically means that the airway has become fully blocked. If this happens, call 9-1-1 right away and start the procedure while waiting for the ambulance.
Perform Back Blows
You should perform back blows in case you need to physically intervene to prevent choking.
Place the baby on your forearm so that they are lying face down. Hold their jaw with your thumb and fingers and then lower the forearm to the thing keeping the head closer to the ground than their chest.
Perform back blows between the baby` s shoulder blades using the heel of your hand. At the same time, keep the support of your baby`s jaw with your thumb and fingers.
Perform Chest Thrusts
In case the back blows don’t seem to help, move on to chest thrusts. Position the baby face on the forearm whilst supporting the back on their head with your hand. Again, the head should be held closer to the ground than their chest.
Then, place the tops of two or three of your fingers in the center of their chest. Press straight down on the chest so that it moves about an inch. Then, let it go back to the original position.
You should perform 5 chest thrusts, without panicking and making rapid movements. In case this doesn’t work, alternate between back blows and chest thrusts.
Call An Ambulance
If the baby doesn’t stop chocking or if they lose consciousness, call 9-1-1. In the meantime, alternate between back blows and chest thrusts.