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First Aid: Choking Infant

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Learn how to respond and save a child that is choking.

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First aid:

Choking Infant

In this video you will learn what action to take to save a choking baby who is less than one year old.

There are three possible scenarios to envsiage.

Scenario 1: The baby is breathing

Scenario 1: The baby is still breathing.

1 - Do nothing

Monitor the baby but do nothing else; coughing is more effective than first aid procedures.

Scenario 2: The baby is no longer breathing but is conscious

Scenario 2: The baby is no longer breathing but is still conscious.

1- Five blows to the back

Give the baby five blows to the back.

Lie the baby on your forearm, so that their head is lower than their chest.

Support their head with one hand and place two fingers of your other hand either side of their mouth, without pressing on their throat.

Give five blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand.

2 - 5 chest compressions

If this does not work, alternate with five chest thrusts.

Place your forearm against the baby's back, holding their head in your hand.

Turn them over.

Their head should be lower than their body.

Place two fingers in the middle of the breastbone.

Compress the chest by a third.

Repeat the chest compressions up to five times.

Alternate five back blows with five chest thrusts until the baby begins to breathe normally.

Scenario 3: The baby is no longer breathing and is unconscious

Scenario 3: The baby is no longer breathing and loses consciousness.

Lie them on a flat surface.

1 - Call the emergency services

Call the emergency services straight away.

2 - Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by alternating 30 chest compressions with two rescue breaths, if you know how.

If not, use chest compressions only, at a rate of two per second.

If the baby does not resume normal breathing, continue until emergency services arrive.


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