Choking First Aid Treatment: What To Do When Someone’s Choking

First Aid Treatment For Choking

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Choking is a common emergency that involves objects, usually hard food, obstructing air passage in the throat. A usual setting would be during mealtime and may be experienced by adults, children, and infants. Unlike other emergencies, it doesn’t require medical practitioners and treatment mainly rely on the action of people around the victim. Therefore, it is important that everyone know of the basic Choking First Aid Treatment to prepare for such emergency.

Signs of Choking

How do you know if someone is choking?

  • Victim is gasping for air (maybe holding his/her throat)
  • Victim can’t talk or cry out
  • Victim is turning blue

Take note if the victim can still talk, you can consider other problems other than choking.

When these signs are present, it’s time to take immediate action. The most effective way to relieve choking is the Abdominal Thrust (or Heimlich) Maneuver. The principle behind this maneuver is to increase pressure in the lungs, resulting to a forceful expulsion of the object from the throat.

First Aid for Adult Choking

  • Stay behind the victim
  • Place your arms around the victim with one fist placed on the abdomen
  • With the support of the other hand, push in an upward and inward manner
  • Do this quickly 4-5 times
  • In case the victim is not breathing, remove object manually if visible
  • In case the victim is still not breathing, and object is removed, apply mouth to mouth resuscitation

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First Aid for Children Choking

  • Lie the child on his/her back
  • Place the heel of your palm on the abdomen
  • Do 6-10 thrusts in an upward and inward manner
  • In case the victim is not breathing, remove object manually if visible
  • In case the victim is still not breathing, and object is removed, apply mouth to mouth resuscitation

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First Aid for Infant Choking

  • Place the infant along your forearm, facedown
  • Slightly slant so that the infant’s head is lower than the body
  • Apply 4-5 rapid blows at the back (between shoulder blades) using the heel of your palm
  • In case this doesn’t work, turn the infant, place to fingers on the chest, then apply 4-5 upward thrusts
  • In case the victim is not breathing, remove object manually if visible
  • In case the victim is still not breathing, and object is removed, apply mouth to mouth resuscitation

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