Child First Aid: How to save a choking child

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

Today I’m going to show you how to help
a child who is choking. What we mean by choking is when something has slipped
down the back of their throat and it is blocking off their airway, the tube that
they breathe through. So it could be when they are eating, like chopped up carrot
or apples, or it could be that they’ve been playing and they’ve put toys or
little things in their mouth that they shouldn’t have, just because they’re
exploring. If that happens and it slips back and it blocks off their airway then
they will not be able to breathe, they won’t be able to cough or cry and they
won’t be able to speak, so it will be very easy for you to tell that you need
to help your child. So I’m going to show you now what you need to do. The first
thing you need to do is try to stay calm and tilt your child forwards, then we’re
going to give them what we call back blows. So with the heel of my hand I’m
going to give them a really quite firm blow to their back. If it hasn’t come out
then you just need to keep going. What the back blows do is by striking them
firmly on their back it can cause vibration and some pressure in their
airway which will hopefully lift the object up and push it out. So if you’ve
done around five back blows and the object has still not come out then there
is something else that you can try and that’s called an abdominal thrust. So
this time you would lean them forward with you behind them and you’d get your
hand into a fist and put your fist underneath their ribs on the soft part
of their tummy above their belly button and with your other hand just hold on to
it, hold on to your fist and then what you would do is a very quick, fast in-and-up movement. So I’ll show you without the doll, it’s a very fast in-and-up. What
that does is it squeezes the air out of their lungs which would hopefully push
the object up and out of their airway

12 thoughts on “Child First Aid: How to save a choking child

  1. Can you please address the differences between British and US theory's? I see everywhere here in the US in 2017 where they are saying back blows can cause the foreign body to become even more lodged in the airway and to not do it…I'm seeing that for any child over the age of 1 year old that they don't recommend back blows but instead go straight to the Heimlich maneuver for any true choking case….Thank you so much in advance for your reply.

  2. I thought you cannot give back blow to children over 1 as this makes children panic and swallow the object even more! It seems every class is different. Please help…what is the right age for back blows please?

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  4. My baby was chewing something with a small cap on it, so I watched this paranoid. Sure enough the video was only over a second and he got the cap off and tried swallowing it. Quickly banged it out of him. Thank you very much ❤️ Never again.

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