One of the biggest fears and nightmares for parents, when their baby is small, is the possibility of choking.
At this moment, we all panic and we do not know exactly what to do to in order to prevent the worst.
But, you ought to be aware that this can happen in any family because children like to examine and play with some small object that can find in the house, and then put it in the mouth. You should not leave small dangerous object near your child in the first place.
However, if this happens, are you well informed what to do and how to prevent choking? Today, we will tell you all the important tips you need to know.
Step 1 – Assess the situation
- If you notice your child making strange noises, coughs or can’t breathe when he opens his mouth he might have a foreign object in his mouth which is causing him difficulties breathing.
- If your baby is getting quiet even though his mouth is open, and his face is getting red or purple it means that his respiratory passage is obstructed and you have to react instantly to help him start breathing normally.
- If your baby starts crying excessively it can reject the object by coughing. But if his coughing is not very strong and it sounds as if he’s chocking he needs your help to discard the object which is obstructing his breathing.
STEP 2: ELIMINATION OF THE OBJECT FROM THE AIRWAYS
Hitting on the back
- Put your forearm on the thigh, with your palm directed upwards in sitting position. After that, put the baby on your forearm, so that the baby is leaning with its belly on your arm, and in this position you are protecting the baby’s jaw with your hand. Keep its head lower than the body.
- Now you should hit the baby in the back 5 times, you can freely use a bit strength while hitting the baby’s back.
Apply abdominal pressure
- Then again support the baby’s head and roll his face toward the ceiling and pull him in between your hand and chest with a fine grip, with his head lower than his body.
- With your free hand using two fingers place them at the center of the baby’s chest, right below his nipples and press firmly 5 times. This procedure should successfully remove the foreign object from the airways.
If this doesn’t work try CPR. Watch the video which will show you how to properly do CPR on a baby.
ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION- (IF THE OTHER METHODS HAVE NOT SUCCEEDED)
In this video you will see how to perform CPR on your baby, if both the above methods have failed to provide positive results.