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What should I do to help my child if they're choking?

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  • Stand behind the child and wrap your arms around his waist.
  • Place a fist just above the child's belly button.
  • Hold the fist with your free hand and quickly push in and up.
  • Repeat until the object comes out or the child loses consciousness.
  • If the child loses consciousness, move the child to the floor and start CPR. Take the object out of his mouth only if you can see it. Never do a finger sweep unless you can see the object in the child's mouth.

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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