Choking can be a life-threatening emergency.
Kids might be choking if they:
If you think a child is choking:
If a child starts choking and becomes unconscious and stops breathing:
If a child is able to breathe and talk while gagging or coughing, then the airway is not blocked. Keep an eye on the child if this happens — most likely, he or she is having a coughing attack and will be fine afterward.
If a child had a serious choking attack and has difficulty breathing or speaking, call 911 immediately. After you call 911, call the child's parents.
Preventing choking is much easier than treating it. To help prevent choking:
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: May 2013
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