Choking: First aid

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An overview of how to help your child when they are choking. Along with hands-on CPR training, this information can help save your child’s life.

Key points

  • Choking occurs when there is a blockage in the air tube to the lungs.
  • Take an official life support course to learn how to deal with choking.
  • If your child is not breathing, call 911. If you are not alone, get someone else to call for you.
  • If your child is over one year old, stand or kneel behind them to perform abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich maneuver).
  • If your child is under one year old, place the child on your forearm and perform alternating back blows and chest thrusts.
  • Keep small objects and foods out of young children's reach.
Last updated: March 11th 2021