Choking can be a life-threatening emergency. Your child might be choking if he or she suddenly:
If your child is choking, call 911 right away or have someone else call. If you are trained to do abdominal thrusts (also known as the Heimlich maneuver), do so immediately. If not done correctly, however, this maneuver could hurt your child.
Do not reach into the mouth to grab the object or pat your child on the back. Either could push the object farther down the airway and make the situation worse.
Here are four ways to prevent choking:
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014
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