CPR AED First Aid

Infant Choking

Check the Scene

  - make sure it is safe for you to help the choking victim.   Don't become another victim yourself.

Check the Victim

  - If the parent is there, identify yourself and ask if you can help.   If the infant cannot cough, cry, or breathe, then they need help.

Call for Help

  - Tell someone to call 9-1-1.
If you are alone with an infant, skip this step until later - it's more important to fix the choking.
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Blows and Thrusts

  • Carefully hold the infant face down on your forearm, your hand supporting its head and neck
  • Strike the infant directly between the shoulder blades with the heel of your other hand 5 times
  • Turn the infant over and position two fingers in the center of the chest
  • Give 5 1/2 to 1 inch deep chest thrusts

Repeat Blows and Thrusts

  until the object is forced out, the infant starts breathing, or the infant becomes unconscious.


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