Choking children (one year up)

First aid

Choking children (one year up)

If children are choking, they may not be able to make any noise. If they are unconscious, do CPR. If they are conscious, follow these steps.

Before helping the choking child


Abdominal thrusts for children

  1. Stand or kneel behind your child. 
  2. Wrap your arms around the child’s waist, just below the bottom of the rib cage.
  3. Place your fist of one hand in the middle of the victim’s abdomen between the navel and the rib cage. 
  4. Hold your fist with the other hand and make powerful upward thrusts on the child’s diaphragm muscle located under the rib cage.
  5. Make sure you don’t apply pressure to the lower ribcage, as this may cause damage.

Continue care: Continue abdominal thrusts until the object is forced out, the child can cough and breathe or  until the child becomes unconscious.

Unconscious choking child

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