Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Heimlich Maneuver: Conscious Choking Child


  • Eating too fast, failing to chew food well enough, or eating with improperly fitted dentures
  • Drinking alcohol (even a small amount of alcohol affects awareness)
  • Being unconscious and breathing in vomited material
  • Breathing in small objects (young children)
  • Trauma to the head and face (swelling, blood, or a deformity can cause choking)


The universal distress signal for choking is grabbing the throat with the hand.
Other danger signs include:
  • Bluish skin color
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Inability to speak
  • Loss of consciousness if blockage is not cleared
  • Noisy breathing or high-pitched sounds while inhaling
  • Weak, ineffective coughing

  • How To Help A Child Who Is Choking 



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