Tips from St.
John Ambulance for When a Baby is Choking.
It's feeding time for your baby. Everything is going
down smoothly — at least most of it — when suddenly your youngster is
having trouble breathing. The infant is coughing, gagging and gasping with
high-pitched, noisy breathing. Fear races through your body. Your heart is
pounding. You scream for help — "my baby is choking!"
Now what? You're at home alone, not dressed to go out.
There is no time to rush to the hospital. Your baby needs help now. What can
St. John Ambulance, Canada's first aid authority for
more than a century, offers these tips.
1. Assess your baby's condition. If the child can cough
with enough force to dislodge the blockage, encourage the infant to try to
cough out the object.
2. If the blockage persists, you will have to
administer back blows and chest thrusts.
3. Gently turn the infant on to its stomach, keeping
the head lower than the stomach.
4. Apply five short, quick back blows with the heel of
your hand to just below and between the shoulder blades.
5. Now, roll the baby face up and give five chest
thrusts — using two fingers to press down firmly.
What is a chest thrust? How do you give one safely and
effectively? These are questions that will be answered taking St. John
Ambulance first aid training. For details, see the St. John office nearest you
or check us out online at www.sja.ca.
Tips provided by St. John Ambulance (NC)
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