Choking and Suffication

Sophia Thibert, Maria Parker, and Nicole Mooren, 8th hour


During this presentation, we will advise you on facts and statistics as well as how to prevent choking and suffocation. When dealing with a child or adult choking just remember to stay calm. Depending on whether its a infant or older you would use the Heimlich Maneuver.


  • Every five days in the US, at least one child dies from choking
  • More than 10,000 children are taken into a hospital emergency room each year from food-choking causes
  • 19% of choking from 14 years or younger is caused by candy
  • The leading cause of choking for infants is from liquids
  • 1,176 children ages 19 and under suffocated in 2010
  • Of these 1,176 children, 88 children died from accidental hanging and strangulation.
  • Suffocation is the number one cause of unintentional injury‐related death for children under the age of 1 year
How To Perform the Heimlich Maneuver (Abdominal Thrusts)

Different Techniques

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How to prevent choking

  • When giving a child a toy look over for small or breakable pieces
Ex: legos, marbles, barbie accessories, etc.

  • Cut larger pieces of food in bite sizes
  • Try to avoid eating while moving
  • Teach your children to finish chewing food thoroughly before talking
  • Abstain from giving your children certain foods
Ex: Cherries, popcorn, hot dogs, hard candies, carrots, bubble gum, etc.

Conscious Infant Choking