How to perform first aid and CPR on a choking infant / baby?

The choking reflex in infants, when inhaled food or a foreign object irritate the airway and lower the amount of available oxygen.

When put into action correctly, basic CPR and first aid may save a baby’s life. And in the event that an infant does choke and stop breathing, performing CPR can ensure their survival until paramedics arrive.

Signs of Choking:

choking

gasping for air

vomiting

coughing often, but unable to get rid of the object

face is red or has become bluish purple

swelling of neck veins.How to perform CPR on a choking infant?

  1. In case someone is choking, the first thing to do is to make sure the person immediately feels better. If they do not feel better in a few minutes, it is better to call the emergency number.
  2. If the choking person is unconscious or not responsive, immediately perform CPR on them.
  3. Make sure that the airway is clear and that you can see the tongue and the mouth.

Note: make sure that the person is not unconscious or not responsive or is already dead.

  1. Breathe into the person’s mouth or nose until they can breathe on their own.
  2. Check if the person is able to swallow.
  3. Make sure that you are not touching the throat or neck area of the person.
  4. Make sure that the person does not choke on their own vomit.
  5. Check if the person is breathing.
  6. Keep the person warm and comfortable.
  7. If they are still not breathing, start CPR and continue until help arrives.

Basic CPR and First Aid

The basic CPR is done in the following steps.

  1. Check the airway. Make sure that the person is breathing and that the airway is clear.
  2. Open the person’s airway by pulling down the jaw and lifting the chin.
  3. Breathe into the person’s mouth or nose until they can breathe on their own.
  4. Check if the person can swallow.
  5. If the person is still choking, continue to perform CPR.
  6. Make sure that there is no blood or vomit in the person’s mouth.
  7. Check if the person is bleeding from the nose or other parts of the body.
  8. Check if the person has any injuries.
  9. Keep the person warm and comfortable.
  10. If the person is still not breathing, start CPR and continue until help arrives.

The types of choking include:

• Aspiration: putting something in the mouth that blocks the airway.

• Foreign Body: putting something in the mouth that is too big for the airway.

• Traumatic: putting something in the mouth that is too big for the mouth (like a hair). It leads to a serious injury to the soft tissues.

• Vomiting: putting something in the mouth that blocks the airway.

How many times do you need to perform basic CPR?

It depends on the person. Also, if the person is unconscious or not responsive, you can perform CPR until help arrives.

What happens if you don’t perform basic CPR?

If you do not perform basic CPR on a choking person, the person might die.

What happens if you do perform basic CPR on a choking person?

If you do perform basic CPR on a choking person, they may survive.

What happens if you don’t perform basic CPR on a choking person?

If you do not perform basic CPR on a choking person, they might die.

How to perform CPR on a choking infant?

  1. Put the infant on the floor on their stomach.
  2. If the infant is unconscious or not responsive, immediately start CPR on them.
  3. Make sure that the airway is clear and that you can see the tongue and the mouth.
  4. Breathe into the person’s mouth or nose until they can breathe on their own.
  5. Check if the person is breathing.
  6. Make sure that the person does not choke on their own vomit.
  7. Check if the person is bleeding from the nose or other parts of the body.
  8. Check if the person has any injuries.
  9. Keep the person warm and comfortable.
  10. If the person is still not breathing, start CPR and continue until help arrives.

Note:

The first step is to check if the airway is clear and to make sure that the person is breathing.

The second step is to breathe into the person’s mouth or nose until they can breathe on their own.

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