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Health Information For Parents
Choking can be a life-threatening emergency. Your child might be choking if he or she suddenly:
If your child is choking, call 911 right away or have someone else call. If you are trained to do abdominal thrusts (also known as the Heimlich maneuver), do so immediately. If not done correctly, however, this maneuver could hurt your child.
Do not reach into the mouth to grab the object or pat your child on the back. Either could push the object farther down the airway and make the situation worse.
Here are four ways to prevent choking:
Choking is usually caused by food, toys, and other small objects that can get stuck in a child’s windpipe. Read about how to protect kids from choking hazards.
How can you tell if a small toy poses a choking risk? What types of unsafe toys should you avoid for your baby, toddler, or preschooler? Find out here.
CPR saves lives. Find out how it works.
Choking is an emergency – so it’s important to recognize the signs of choking and know what to do if happens.
Coughs are a common symptom, butÂ most aren’t a sign of a serious condition. Learn about different coughs, how to help your child feel better, and when to call your doctor.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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