Basic First Aid for Children

Conscious Choking with Children and Infants

Conscious Choking-Child

Step 1:

Give 5 back blows. Bend the child forward at the waist and give 5 back blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of one hand.

Step 2:

Give 5 abdominal thrusts. Place a fist with the thumb side against the middle of the child’s abdomen, just above the nave. Then, cover your fist with your other hand. Next, Give 5 quick, upward abdominal thrusts.

Step 3:

Continue Care. Continue sets of 5 back blows and 5 abdominal thrusts until the: Object is forced out, child can cough forcefully or breathe, or child becomes unconscious.

Conscious Choking-Infant

Step 1:

Give 5 back blows. Give firm back blows with the heel of one hand between the infant’s shoulder blades.

Step 2:

Give 5 chest thrusts. Place two or three fingers in the center of the infant’s chest just below the nipple line and compress the breastbone about 1½ inches.

TIP: Support the head and neck securely when giving back blows and chest thrusts. Keep the head lower than the chest.

Step 3:

Continue Care. Continue sets of 5 back blows and 5 chest thrusts until the: Object is forced out, infant can cough forcefully, cry or breathe, or Infant becomes unconscious.