First Aid for a Choking Infant
When infants are starting solids its common for them to have trouble swallowing – it’s a new learning experience for both baby and mom and dad. They may make faces and cough a little this is normal, sometimes it’s not enough chewing or it’s just texture. However there are times when you need to help them. If your infant is coughing and breathing then you encourage them to continue coughing however once they stop coughing and it’s clear that they are not breathing effectively – you must help. First Aid for a choking infant is as follows:
- Hold baby face down on your forearm using your hand to hold their cheeks – you must stabilize their head and neck, start with 5 firm back blows between the shoulders – this will not be gentle, lower the infants head – let gravity help you
- Turn the baby over using a firm grip on the back of the infants head and continuing to support the head and neck, then administer 5 chest thrusts right between the nipple line going to a depth of 4 cm or 1 1/2 inches or 1/3 the depth of the chest.
- Continue this until either the infant becomes unconscious or the obstruction is cleared.
For more on prevention, and what to do for these types of every day emergencies call and book a class. First aid for a choking infant is only the beginning – there are many other accidents that can happen and knowing what to do can be the difference between life or death.
I have attached a link to a really great video that shows the steps – I hope this helps