Posted by Michael Hixson on January 30, 2014
Choking occurs when something in a child's mouth gets into the trachea (air passage) instead of the esophagus (food passage). The trachea becomes blocked and air cannot get into the child's lungs. Infants are apt to choke if they are given solid foods too early, before they are able to coordinate chewing and swallowing. Toddlers are vulnerable because they often do not chew their food enough, or at all. The best insurance against choking is knowing how to relieve it. Become familiar with the correct measures to deal with choking as they are described in your first aid book - back blows/chest pressures for a baby, the Heimlich maneuver for an older child - so that you'll be prepared if you ever need to use one of them.
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If your child chokes and cannot breathe, call for help immediately. Then administer appropriate treatment. If possible, let someone else do the calling. Don't wait for help to arrive, and don't try to get to an emergency room. There's rarely time. Irreversible brain damage can result from the lack of oxygen to the brain.
Have your child examined by a doctor after a choking incident, even if you think recovery is complete. There may still be fragments in the upper respiratory tract.