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Learn how to perform first aid on a choking baby with this complete guide. Learn the best way to handle an emergency with your child, and be ready for anything!

When it comes to choking in babies or children, prevention is always better than cure. We can’t and shouldn’t wrap our kids up in cotton wool either – otherwise we would still be feeding our teens puree! Accidents do happen, and it is important to know the first aid for a choking baby.

Four S’s For Preventing Chocking

Firstly, there are four actions we can take to reduce the risk of choking in babies. Here are the four S’s of choking prevention:

  • Shapes
  • Sitting down
  • Supervise
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  1. Shape of foodsCutting up foods into developmentally appropriate size shapes is key to prevent choking. Round foods such as grapes, cherry tomatoes and large blueberries are the perfect shape to lodge in a toddler’s airway and should be cut into quarters, and cylindrical foods such as bananas, sausages and carrots cut into sticks. Avoid foods such as popcorn, marshmallows, hard sweets and whole nuts in young children
  2. Sit down to eatCutting up foods into developmentally appropriate size shapes is key to prevent choking. Round foods such as grapes, cherry tomatoes and large blueberries are the perfect shape to lodge in a toddler’s airway and should be cut into quarters, and cylindrical foods such as bananas, sausages and carrots cut into sticks. Avoid foods such as popcorn, marshmallows, hard sweets and whole nuts in young children
  3. Supervise when eatingAlthough it is tempting to ‘get stuff done’ whilst your baby is occupied eating and strapped into the high chair, choking can be silent. Always keep them in your direct line of sight when they are eating so you can be aware and intervene quickly if a choking accident occurs.
  4. Search your homeAlthough it is tempting to ‘get stuff done’ whilst your baby is occupied eating and strapped into the high chair, choking can be silent. Always keep them in your direct line of sight when they are eating so you can be aware and intervene quickly if a choking accident occurs.

Sometimes no matter how you try to prevent choking in babies and children, accidents still happen! Here is what to do, and watch our video on choking baby first aid:

If your child has a strong, effective cough

Cutting up foods into developmentally appropriate size shapes is key to prevent choking. Round foods such as grapes, cherry tomatoes and large blueberries are the perfect shape to lodge in a toddler’s airway and should be cut into quarters, and cylindrical foods such as bananas, sausages and carrots cut into sticks. Avoid foods such as popcorn, marshmallows, hard sweets and whole nuts in young children

If your child is silent or has an ineffective cough (best to watch our video for the demo!)

Stay calm and send for help.

Lay your baby face down along your lap, holding them securely, with their head lower than their bottom.

Between the shoulder blades, give up to 5 firm back blows with the heel of your hand, checking in between each back blow to see if the object has come out. No need to give all 5 back blows if the object comes out!

Still choking?

Turn your baby over onto their back, still keeping them laying down along your lap, head lower than their bottom. Using 2 fingers in a young baby or the heel of your hand in an older baby or toddler, give up to 5 short, sharp chest thrusts on their breast bone (NOT on their tummy). Once again, check in between each thrust, and no need to continue if the object comes out!

Still choking after that?

Repeat the back blows and chest thrusts until obstruction is cleared, ambulance arrives or they become unconscious.

If they become unconscious, commence DRSABCD (see how to do CPR on a baby or child)

Most importantly, we need to remember that accidents can still happen – make sure you know the first aid for babies and children so you can confidently help your child in an emergency.

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