What First Aid Should I Do For A Child ChokingWatching a child choking on a small object is a terrifying feeling for anyone to experience. Knowing how to remove the blockage in a child choking could be the difference between saving a life and a needless fatality. At First Aid Course Experts, we strive to provide the most up-to-date, nationally accredited First Aid training courses in Australia that will qualify you to spring into action and provide First Aid in any situation.
How Do I Remove The Item Choking The ChildThe first step is to take a deep breath and calm yourself down. You will want to react instinctively, and many people panic and do the wrong things or attempt to do something they saw on an American TV medical drama called the Heimlich Manoeuvre. In Australia they prefer the use of the 5 and 5 technique, slightly different from the Heimlich Manoeuvre practised outside of Australia. Both work in an emergency situation. The second step is to purchase the ultimate life saving device for choking infants, children, and adults, called LIFE VAC, and keep one in each of your First Aid kits. There are now multiple versions of the original device on the market; a Google search will have one in your budget range. Below video gives a brief demonstration of how the device works. For clarification:
- A newborn is under one month old.
- A toddler is over one year (1) but younger than four years old.
- A child is four or more years old up until the teenage years.
How To Stop Choking Babies In-depth Technique
- To clear the airway of a choking infant younger than age one (1):
- Assume a seated position and hold the infant face down on your forearm, resting on your thigh. Support the infant’s head and neck with your hand and place the head lower than the trunk.
- Thump the infant gently but firmly five times on the middle of the back using the heel of your hand. The combination of gravity and the back blows should release the foreign body blocking the airway. Keep your fingers pointed up to avoid hitting the infant in the back of the head.
- Turn the infant face up on your forearm, resting on your thigh with the head lower than the body if the infant still isn’t breathing. Give five quick chest compressions using two fingers placed at the centre of the infant’s breastbone. Press down about 1 1/2 inches, and let the chest rise again between each compression.
- Repeat the back blows and chest thrusts if breathing doesn’t resume. Call 000 for emergency medical help.
- Begin infant CPR if one of these techniques removes the object that completely blocks the airway, but the infant doesn’t resume breathing and begins turning pale or blue.
- If the child is older than age one (1) and conscious, give abdominal thrusts only. Be careful not to use too much force to avoid damaging ribs or internal organs.