Choking babies

Tips on helping a choking child

Back blows for babies under 1 year

Back blows for children over 1 year

If back blows don't relieve the choking and your baby or child is still conscious, give chest thrusts to infants under 1 year or abdominal thrusts to children over 1 year.

This will create an artificial cough, increasing pressure in the chest and helping to dislodge the object.

Chest thrusts for children under 1 year

Abdominal thrusts for children over 1 year

Following chest or abdominal thrusts, reassess your child as follows

Call 112 / 911 / 999 (or another number for a country you're in) if the blockage doesn't come out after trying back blows and either chest or abdominal thrusts. 

Keep trying this cycle until help arrives.

Even if the object has come out, get medical help. Part of the object might have been left behind, or your child might have been hurt by the procedure.

Unconscious child with choking

Video instruction for babies under 1 year

Video instruction for children over 1 year

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