Choking Infant – First Aid Advice

First Aid Advice for a Choking Infant (Child <1 year)

Check out this recent news story from across the pond in Florida, USA.

An infant was choking on a piece of food when two police officers intervened to provide life saving first aid to the child.

Here’s some top tips from our first aid team on how to help a choking child under the age of 1 year:

  • If the piece of food/object is at the front of their mouth, try to remove it with your fingers. Be careful not to push it further into the child’s throat or to stick your fingers down their throat to get it.
  • Back Blows Lay the child on their tummy along your thigh or forearm, support their head and deliver up to 5 back blows between their shoulders with the heel of your hand.
  • Chest Thrusts Turn the child onto their back, face up and place two fingers in the centre of their chest and using two fingers press in a downward motion towards their head 5 times.
  • Cycle 5 back blows to 5 chest thrusts until the object is dislodged.
  • If at any time the child goes unconscious you should be prepared to deliver CPR. In this case please call the emergency services and alert them of the situation. Their Control Room will offer advice on what care you can provide until professional help arrives.

In a life threatening emergency always call 999.

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