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What do I do if my infant isn't breathing due to choking?

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  • Hold the child face down on your forearm, supported by your thigh. Keep the child's torso higher than the head.
  • Use the heel of your free hand to thump the child in between the shoulder blades up to five times.
  • Turn the child face up, while supporting the head and neck. If the object is not out, place the child on a firm surface, which may still be your forearm.
  • Put two or three fingers in the center of the child's breastbone and push quickly up to five times.
  • Repeat the back thumping and chest pushes until the object comes out or the child loses consciousness.
  • If the child is still not breathing, open the airway by putting your thumb in the child's mouth and grasping the lower incisors or gums. The jaw should lift up so you can look for the object. Do not do a finger sweep.

From: Choking in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: "Choking Instruction Sheet."

National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus: "Choking first aid - infant under 1 year - series."

National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus: "Choking first aid - adult or child over 1 year - series."

American College of Emergency Physicians: "Choking: What to Do for an Infant."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 10, 2017

SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: "Choking Instruction Sheet."

National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus: "Choking first aid - infant under 1 year - series."

National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus: "Choking first aid - adult or child over 1 year - series."

American College of Emergency Physicians: "Choking: What to Do for an Infant."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 10, 2017

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