First aid for a choking adult or child over 1
DO NOT force open the person's mouth to try to grasp and pull out the object if the person is conscious. Children, however, tend to choke on not only food, but toys and other household items. Share by email Facebook Youtube Twitter. Content has been prepared for Victorian residents and wider Australian audiences, and was accurate at the time of publication. A guide to recognising and managing of choking in adults and children, including differentiating between mild and severe airway obstruction and the importance of not using abdominal thrusts on infants under one year.
Choking and Foreign Body Airway Obstruction (FBAO). Patient | Patient
NHS Choices offers a range of e-newsletters on various topics. You can prevent your child from choking by keeping their play area free of small objects, such as coins, erasers, and building blocks. Choking due to inhalation of a foreign body usually occurs whilst eating; it need not have been a formal 'sit-down' meal - a snack eaten 'on-the-go' or chewing gum can also be inhaled. If bottle feeding, always hold your baby in your arms and hold the bottle in your hand — never prop or lean the bottle against a pillow or another support bottle propping. If the person cannot speak or is having a hard time breathing, you need to act fast to help the person. Do Not DO NOT interfere if the person is coughing forcefully, is able to speak, or is able to breathe in and out adequately. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.