Nightmare for every parent is to see that something bad is happening to his child. It is very stressful when they find their child choking and not know what to do in such a critical situation.
There is solution for this situation, but first all parents should know what to do and it’s important to stay calm in this stressful situation.
Most parents probably have faced with the following situation a million times. When one baby comes across some small object like a coin, walnut, peanut and it puts in the mouth for one second. These objects are very dangerous because can pose a real choking hazard and be really dangerous for your infant.
Do you know what you should do in such a situation? Read the article and learn some basic steps you need to learn so that you can save your child from choking.
Step 1 – Assess the situation
If at some moment notice that your child is making strange noises, coughs or can’t breathe when he opens his mouth probably it have a foreign object in his mouth which is causing him difficulties breathing.
Also, if your baby is getting quiet even though his mouth is open, and his face is getting red or purple that means that his respiratory passage is obstructed and you have to react instantly to help him start breathing normally.
Another sign is when 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
Give the baby 5 back blows
First of all, sit down and put your forearm in your thigh with the palm up. It is important 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.
Then, 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
The most important part is to support the baby’s head again and roll his face toward the ceiling and pull him in between your hand and chest with a fine grip, with his head lower than his body. Use two fingers of your free hand and place them at the center of the baby’s chest, right below his nipples and press firmly 5 times. This procedure should successfully remove the foreign object from the airways.
Note: If this doesn’t work try CPR. Also, we recommend you to watch the video which will show you how to properly do CPR on a baby.