Family First Aid – A Choking Infant

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1.    If an infant is unable to breathe, cough or cry, and you suspect they have a severe obstruction in their throat: Give up to five back blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand.

2.    If the obstruction is still present give up to five chest thrusts, with two fingers in the middle of the chest.

3.    Continue this cycle of five back blows and five chest thrusts until help arrives.

4.    If the infant goes unconscious dial 999 (or 112) for an ambulance and then follow CPR protocols.

5.    Anyone who has been treated for choking in this way should be advised to see their doctor after the incident.

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