How To Help A Choking Baby

This brilliant campaign by St Johns Ambulance, named Chokeables, cleverly shows adults and children how to help a choking baby. According to St Johns, this video has already saved 46 children  in the last year.

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St Johns Ambulance also provides many videos and worksheets to further educate childcarers. Click here to view.

If this child is not coughing or does not have a strong cry, follow these steps:

  1. Lay the infant face down, along your forearm. Use your thigh or lap for support. Hold the infant’s chest in your hand and hold the jaw with your fingers. Point the infant’s head downward, lower than the body.
  2. Give up to 5 quick, forceful blows between the infant’s shoulder blades. Use the palm of your free hand.

If the object does not come out of the airway after 5 blows:

  1. Turn the infant face-up. Use your thigh or lap for support. Support the head.
  2. Place 2 fingers on the middle of his breastbone just below the nipples.
  3. Give up to 5 quick thrusts down, compressing the chest 1/3 to 1/2 the depth of the chest.
  4. Continue 5 back blows followed by 5 chest thrusts until the object is dislodged or the infant loses alertness (becomes unconscious).

Read this: This Box Is Helping To Reduce SIDS

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