We can say that every parent’s nightmare is witnessing their baby choking on food. In this situation, the combined feelings of confusion and panic have often overwhelmed many parents. So, a lot of parents say that they don’t know what they need to do in situations like this.
The organization St. John Ambulance is dedicated to informing people about first aid. They have posted a video, and according to it, 45 % of the parents claim that their baby choking at some point, however 80% had no idea what to do in this situation. This highlights the need for increased awareness and information on how to properly dislodge choking hazards from babies.
How Can You Keep Your Baby from Choking
Dislodging a choking hazard from a baby is very different from doing the Heimlich maneuver. This is because their bodies are very delicate, and if something goes in the wrong way could leave them with serious injuries.
Here you can read the procedure step-by-step, how can you stop your baby from choking.
Assess the Situation
Firstly, do not interfere if your baby is choking but you can hear them coughing and wheezing. This means that there is still air going to their lungs and that they are in no immediate danger. If you try to move the object blocking their airway at this point can cause it to become wedged deeper into their esophagus and you can make the situation only worse.
You can begin the procedure, if it seems like your baby will not stop coughing. If your baby ceasing to cough then this may indicate that the airway has become fully blocked. You should call 9-1-1 in this case immediately, and as you wait for the ambulance you can begin the procedure.
Perform Back Blows
In case if you need to physically intervene to keep your baby from choking, you should begin by using back blows. Firstly you should put your baby in carefully position. That means the baby should lying face down on your forearm. Than you can use your thumb and fingers to hold their jaw in place and lower your forearm to your thigh, so that your baby’s head is closer to the ground than their chest.
If you use the heel of your hand this will deliver five firms back blows between your baby’s shoulder blades. It is important to maintain the support of your baby’s jaw by using your thumb and fingers.
Perform Chest Thrusts
You should move on to chest thrusts , if the back blows did not work .Firstly you should place your baby face up on your forearm ,but you should support the back of their head with your hand. Be sure that their head is still closer to the ground than their chest.
Place the tips of two or three of your fingers in the center of the baby’s chest. To a chest thrust with these fingers, pressing straight down on the chest so that it moves about one and a half inches. Then allow the chest to come back to its normal position.
You should perform five of these chest thrusts in a smooth fashion, begin to make jerky movements and do not panic. If this doesn’t work, alternate between chest thrusts and back blows.
Call an Ambulance
You must call 9-1-1 in case, your baby is continuing to choke or they become unconscious. But as you wait for the ambulance, you should continue to alternate between chest thrusts and back blows.