Nurse Demonstrates Exactly How To Save A Choking Baby In Seconds
Marilyn Caylor 1/11/2017
Parents must learn many things in order to raise a happy, healthy baby. They'll go out of their way to read books, watch videos, and learn all they can online about parenthood. However, here's one scary statistic that new parents probably don't ever want to have to deal with:
A baby dies from choking every five days.
According to data from St. John's Ambulance, 40% of parents have witnessed their baby choking, yet 80% of these parents had no idea what to do about it.
Every single day for the past decade, at least 34 children end up in hospital emergency rooms after choking on food. Upwards of 38% of these kids are babies that are under a year old. Candy was the culprit in the majority of these cases. But, the children also choked on nuts, seeds, and believe it or not - hot dogs.
Sadly, at least 10% of these kids require an extended hospitalization stay due to the choking trauma.
You don't have to wait for the unthinkable to happen! Learn how to save a choking infant by using the simple methods below.
First, it's important to recognize the warning signs of a choking baby:
1. Skin has turned blue
2. Difficulty with breathing
3. Loss of consciousness
4. Cough is very weak-sounding
5. When inhaling, you hear soft or high-pitched sounds
How To Stop Your Baby From Choking
Babies are prone to choking - and often! Knowing what to do in these situations can mean the difference between life and death for that child. There are two maneuvers you need to remember - back blows and chest thrusts. Don't worry, it's not as harsh as it sounds.
Please remember to never, ever put your finger down a baby's throat, or you can make the problem worse.
If your baby is choking, the first thing you should do is gently cup your hands over her face in a V-shape. This will help support the little tot when you flip her over.
Flip her over again so she's lying on her back. Gently do a chest thrust. Don't come straight down at a 90 degree angle like you would with adult CPR. Your hand should be parallel with the baby's chest. Thrust her chest 5 times. Keep alternating between the back blow and chest thrust.
If these methods don't work, try giving your baby Infant CPR for 1 minute. If she starts to turn blue or is unresponsive, then call 9-1-1 pronto!
To prevent a baby from choking in the first place, be sure to follow these tips:
1. Don't give toddlers nuts, seeds, candy, raw carrots, balloons, or buttons.
2. Don't let your little ones play, lie down, or run while they are eating.
3. Keep your kids away from coins!
4. Always read the warning labels on toys - too many of them have choking hazards.
5. This is the most important one - learn Infant CRP!
Watch the video below to learn how to save a choking baby in seconds!
This is something that everyone needs to know how to do - not just parents! You never know when you'll come across this scary situation. It's good to know that there's an easy way to quickly save a baby's life.