This is something I should have done a long time ago, since I have nothing to reference to in my own house when it comes to my child accidentally choking on an object of who knows what. Here is a very easy to read, yet detailed guide on what to do when you little one decides to stick whatever it may be in their mouth, and it just dose not’t want to go down..
First: Realize What Is Going On?
Is your baby turning a color?
Something is most likely blocking her air way if you notice her skin turning bright red, or blue in the worse case scenario. Here is where you come in, you will need to try remove the object.
Is your baby coughing or able to cry?
This is a sign that their is possibly an object blocking her air way, but not all the way since air is able to pass through. If she is trying to cough it out, let her, but do not let this go on for too long. If the item doesn not want to come out by her coughing, you will need to try to dislodge the object. In this case, call 911 while you try to attempt removing the object yourself, just in case of failure. Do not wait no more than two minutes of your baby struggling choking, or not breathing with the object still lodge in their throat. You are better safe then sorry, and a 911 call is never not urgent enough, especially when it comes to babies and toddlers.
Second: Make An Attempt To Remove The Object
When the coughing stops, or is going on for too long, lay your baby face down with her body on your forearm, and have her neck cradled in your hand making sure that both her head and neck are supported well enough to where you are not making the choking any worse. Hold your own arm on your upper leg, this way you will have full control when it comes time to start using thrusts on your baby’s back. Make sure her body is above her head, mainly make sure the head is at the lowest level possible, and lower than the body. Take the heel of your hand now, and start with five quick yet firm thrusts. (Somewhat like a hit, but quick and hard – not too hard, do not hurt your baby.) This is done to help dislodge the object, not knock you baby’s head off. These thrusts are to be done right between the shoulder blades, not on the neck of your baby. After this is done, take the same hand to turn your baby over very carefully making sure to have full support of her neck and head, and keeping her spine as straight as possible.
She should be lying on your upper leg now, the same way – making sure that the head is still lower than the rest of her body. Now you start chest thrusts. To find the correct spot to do these chest thrusts, take your two fingers, and pretend there is a line right between your baby’s nipples, or the middle of her chest. You will being pushing straight down in this area, about 1/2, to 1 inch in. Then you will enable the chest to come back to its original shape. Start out with five of these thrusts, do not make them like the back thrusts though. These should be calm and easy, yet effective. Practicing with a pillow is good because it will allow you to feel how much pressure you can really give without hurting your baby if the choking ever leads this far. If your baby starts to cough, allow her to as she might be able to know cough the object up with your assistance.
Third: Waiting For Help
If you happen to come to this unfortunate situation, and your baby is still showing no signs on consciousness,
Whatever the case, stay calm, and try not to panic. The more you are in control of the situation, the better you will perform your tasks needed to stop your baby from choking. Print this out, and put it on your refrigerator. You never know when an accident will occur. you will now have to give her rescue breaths if the paramedics have not yet arrived. If you do not see her chest going up in down, this is a sign she is not able to breathe on her own, and needs your help. Give her two breaths. While you give her these breaths, take special notice to her chest to see if it goes up and down from your breaths you are giving her to make sure you are doing this procedure correctly. Position her head back, and try the same rescue breaths, twice more. If you still do not notice her chest moving upwards, give her 30
chest compressions, which are short, quick and easy thrusts in the same area between the nipples. If you look inside her mouth, see if you can find the object. And use your finger as a “hook” to dislodge it. Keep repeating the two rescue breaths, then chest compressions until you receive professional help.