The most important thing, if choking occurs, is to remain calm in this stressful situation.
If you are a parent, that you are familiar with situations like this: your baby spots something small, be it a coin or a peanut, and the next thing you know, it is in their mouth. Small objects like these can be really dangerous for the infants and toddlers. If you are not sure how to react in situations like these, we kindly suggest you continue reading the article.
Step 1 – Assess the situation
- If a toddler is making strange noises, can’t breathe properly or is coughing with mouth open, he/she might have a foreign object in the mouth, which is causing him/her not to breathe properly
- If a toddler is getting red or purple in the face, it means that respiratory passage is being obstructed and you must react immediately and help the toddler breathe normally
- If your baby starts crying excessively it can reject the object by coughing. But if his coughing is not very strong and it sounds as if he’s chocking he needs your help to discard the object which is obstructing his breathing.
Step 2 – Try to eliminate the object which is causing the obstruction
- First you need to sit down and put your forearm in your thigh with the palm up.
- You need to support the baby’s head with your palm (in a v-shape) and grip the baby between your forearm and your chest and put him in a head-down position.
- Place the heel of your hand on the baby’s back and you need to give the baby 5 back blows. Don’t be afraid to use a bit more strength, he needs the strength to reject the foreign object.
Apply abdominal pressure
- Support the toddler’s head and roll his/hers face towards the ceiling and pull him in between your hand and chest with a gentle grip, with the toddler’s (baby’s) head lower than his/her body
- Use your free hand and two fingers to place them at the center of the baby’s chest, exactly below his/her nipples and press firmly 5 times. By doing so, you should remove the foreign object from the breathing pathways.
If you are still uncertain how to remove an object from a baby’s mouth, we strongly suggest you call 911 immediately.
Note: this article is for informational purposes only!