When a child is choking, it means that an object, usually food or a toy, is stuck in the trachea (the airway), keeping air from flowing normally into or out of the lungs, so the child can't breathe properly. Sometimes, an object can get into the t...
A child who is choking often appears panicked and may wave his or her arms or grab at his or her throat. Older children may hold the neck with one or both hands, which is the universal sign for choking.
Small objects, including pieces of food, can be choking risks for babies and toddlers. Try to keep small objects out of reach until children are less likely to choke and are old enough to understand the risks.
Among other causes, introducing your baby to solid foods before he or she has the motor skills to swallow them can lead to infant choking. With the help of these guidelines, know what to do if your baby chokes.
Here's a step-by-step guide on what to do when a baby or child is choking. One of the steps involves making a fist with one hand and placing the thumb side against the child's stomach above the navel, but below the rib cage.
As your child grows, he'll be eager to sample food from your plate and you'll be eager to add variety to his diet. But not all foods are safe for your child at every age. Some still pose a choking hazard.