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Choking Care

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about care of the choking baby. Please feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

A baby can choke on food, vomit or small foreign objects. The food, liquid or object may go down the windpipe instead of the esophagus, which leads to the stomach. A choking baby may cough or cry and may not be able to breathe if the windpipe is completely blocked. A baby may try to cry but instead make odd noises or no sound at all. The skin may turn bright red or blue if the windpipe is completely blocked.

If the baby appears to be choking and is having trouble crying, coughing, breathing or speaking, the airway may be partially blocked. If the child’s own cough does not relieve the situation or if the baby is not breathing, place the baby’s head (turned to the side) and chest downward on your outstretched arm. If your baby is choking, give a firm thrust with the heel of your hand between the baby’s shoulder blades. Repeat if your baby is still choking. This should clear anything that could be lodged in your baby’s throat. If your baby continues to choke or have difficulty catching his or her breath, call 911 immediately.

The suggestions below will help you keep your baby from choking:
1. Hold and feed your baby in an upright position.
2. After feeding, burp your baby well.
3. If your baby throws up a lot, ask your child’s doctor about sleep positions. The suggested sleep position is on the back or side.
4. Grind or cut food for infants and young children into small pieces. Avoid round shaped foods such as popcorn, peanuts, cut round pieces of hot dog.
5. Beware of buttons, coins, rocks, balloons or toys with small pieces.

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Corregido: 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004


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