There is nothing more distressing than seeing your baby choking! Most parents find themselves completely confused and terrorized in this situation and unable to react properly at the opportune time.
St. John Ambulance is an organization that informs people about first aid. According to their data, about 40% of parents have reported a case of baby choking, and over 80% did not know what to do in such situation. This is why it is really important to increase general awareness and spread the information regarding this issue. They also provide information on how can parents help their baby.
How to prevent choking?
The Heimlich maneuver and dislodging am object from a choking baby are not the same. A baby’s body is delicate, and doing something wrong can have serious consequences. Follow this procedure to save your baby from choking:
Assess the situation
If you hear your baby coughing and wheezing while choking, don’t interfere – this shows that there’s still air going to their lungs and they are in no danger. Trying to move the object can move it deeper and block the baby’s air access, making the situation worse. If your baby’s not coughing, it means that the airway is blocked, in which case you need to call 911 and begin the following procedure:
Perform Back Blows
If you find that you need to physically intervene to keep your baby from choking, begin by using back blows.
Carefully position your baby so that they are lying face down on your forearm. Use your thumb and fingers to hold their jaw in place and lower your forearm to your thigh, so that your baby’s head is closer to the ground than their chest.
Using the heel of your hand, deliver five firm back blows between your baby’s shoulder blades. Make sure to maintain the support of your baby’s jaw by using your thumb and fingers.
Perform Chest Thrusts
If the back blows do not help, do chest thrusts. Place your baby’s face on the forearm and support the back on its head using your hand. Hold its head closer to the ground than its chest.
Put 2 or 3 of your fingers in the very center of its chest. Only the tips of your fingers should touch your baby’s chest. Press straight down on its chest, and make sure it moves for an inch.
Do 5 chest thrusts. Remember, panic is not your friend. Perform the thrusts carefully and quickly. If there is still no improvement, do both back blows and chest thrusts alternately.
Call An Ambulance
You must call 9-1-1 in case, your baby is continuing to choke or they become unconscious. But as you wait for the ambulance, you should continue to alternate between chest thrusts and back blows.