Be Prepared: What to do in a Choking Emergency

Blog blog-be-prepared-what-to-do-in-a-choking-emergency-09282015

Choking on a small object- whether it is food, a small toy, or anything else- is a problem that can affect any home. Small children are particularly at risk for choking. This is why it is important to be prepared for a choking emergency. Here are steps you can take to deal with an emergency if it happens to a friend or a family member:

Prevent Choking Before It Happens:

It’s not possible to completely eliminate the risk of choking, but you can lower it.

  • When eating- make sure you cut food into small pieces and chew thoroughly.
  • Serve children very small pieces of food. Make sure you cut their food into pieces even smaller than what you would serve to an adult. Make sure kids eat slowly and don’t talk while they are eating.
  • If you have young children in your home, keep small objects contained and out of reach of those children.

If Someone Does Choke, Know What to Do:

If someone begins choking due to an obstructed airway, you may need to utilize the Heimlich maneuver.

If you run into a situation that you cannot handle on your own, then it’s essential to contact an emergency service like 9-1-1 or other trauma services. Choking emergencies can get out of control very, very quickly and fast action on your part can save the life of a person who is choking. An emergency operator can direct you on how to help a person choking, or send you emergency help.

What Not to Do:

  1. Do not panic.
  2. Do not try to perform the Heimlich on an infant.
  3. Do not try to perform the Heimlich on someone unless they have an obstructed air pathway.

If you need trauma care, Indiana University Health operates some of the top trauma centers in the state of Indiana. 

Viewing all posts in …

Other Blog Posts That May Interest You

Blog Lunchbox Web

Prevent Food Poisoning: How to Keep Your Child’s School Lunches Safer

Everyday Wellness

“Food can spoil in less than two hours and while symptoms can occur within hours of eating contaminated food, they may also strike one to two days later,” explains says Brooke A. Fenneman, M.S., R.D., pediatric clinical dietitian specialist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Continue reading
Blog

Cholesterol & Your Child

Everyday Wellness

As adults, we know we need to watch our cholesterol in order to maintain good health. But did you...

Continue reading
Blog

When to Call the Doctor about Head Injuries

Everyday Wellness

Whether it’s from a spill on a bike, a fall from a tree or a hard hit on the field, a knock on the...

Continue reading

Viewing all posts in …