What to Do If Your Baby Chokes
Choking on solid foods and other objects is especially dangerous for your baby. You will need to respond quickly. Follow these steps from the American Heart Association:
- While sitting or kneeling, hold your baby face down on your forearm. Use your hand to support his head and jaw.
- Use the heel of your hand to give five back slaps. These black slaps should be between your baby's shoulder blades.
- If after five back slaps, the object does not come out, place your baby on his back. Use two fingers to give five chest thrusts on your baby's breastbone. (See image below.)
- Switch between giving five back slaps and five chest thrusts. Continue doing this until the object comes out and your baby is able to breathe.
- If your baby becomes unresponsive, you will need to do CPR. If you are with someone, have that person call 911 right away while you do the CPR steps. If you are alone, do 5 sets of 30 compressions and 2 breaths before calling 911.
The American Heart Association offers ]]>infant CPR]]> and other first aid classes. By educating yourself, you can keep your baby's meal time safe. It is also a good idea to make sure that everyone who cares for your baby knows CPR and first aid, as well.
American Heart Association
March of Dimes
Canadian Paediatric Society
American Heart Association. Heartsaver First Aid With CPR and AED. American Heart Association; 2006.
Last reviewed May 2010 by ]]>Brian Randall, MD]]>
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