How to Help a Choking Child or Adult (Everyone Must Know!)

How to Help a Choking Child or Adult (Everyone Must Know!)

How to Help a Choking Victim. You never know what might happen and when you might need to know how to save someone who’s choking. It’s important that you learn how to find out if someone’s is really choking next to you and how to help people in trouble. You’ll have to know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver and there are special rules for how to save a choking child or choking dog.


Assess the situation 0:33
Encourage them to cough 1:13
If the person can’t cough, slap their back 1:55
If the person can’t breathe, perform the Heimlich maneuver 2:46
Helping an unconscious person 3:39
Helping yourself 4:22
Helping pregnant women and obese people 5:24
Saving a choking infant 5:58
Saving a choking child 6:38
Saving an unconscious child 7:11
Saving a choking dog 8:03

-Determine if the airway obstruction is partial or total to figure out what you should do to help.
-Coughing is the most effective way to clear the airways and push the stuck piece of food out of the trachea.
-Deliver up to 5 strong blows between the shoulder blades using the heel of your hand.
-Perform the Heimlich maneuver to drive out the stuck object.
-If the victim has passed out, lay them down on their back, and vigorously push the abdomen towards the diaphragm until the airway is clear again.
-Start coughing, and if it doesn’t help, perform the Heimlich maneuver on yourself.
-Place your hands as close to the abdomen as possible, higher than you normally would and perform the Heimlich maneuver.
-If the victim is less than a year old, lay them face down on your forearm, make five quick blows right between the infant’s shoulder blades with the heel of your hand.
-Stand behind the child or if they’re really small, get on your knees. Clench one hand into a fist and place it between the ribs and belly button with your thumb inwards, move your elbows to the sides and press the child’s stomach.
-If the infant or child is unconscious, try laying them on their back first and try to remove the stuck objects with your fingers. If the child still isn’t breathing or if you were unable to dislodge the object from the start, begin chest compressions.
-Open the dog’s mouth with one hand on the upper jaw and the other on the lower, carefully remove the stuck object with a set of pliers. If and only if nothing else helps, administer the Heimlich maneuver.

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