If you notice that your baby is unable to breathe, cough, cry, or speak, this means that s/he might be gagging. In this case, the baby’s airways are only partially blocked and the obstruction makes coughing or breathing difficult, but not impossible. On the other hand, if there is a complete obstruction of the baby’s airways that means that s/he is choking. Therefore, every parent should learn how to quickly and effectively react and clear the blocked airway and thus save their baby’s life.
St John Ambulance, the British Red Cross, and St Andrew’s First Aid have provided parents with up-to-date advice on how to act if their baby starts to choke after research suggested that many parents didn’t know what to do in these cases.
The latest advice is to place the baby along your thigh, with its face down, and strike the baby’s back. First aid experts claim that this position gives the baby greater support in comparison with previous advice, which suggested placing the baby along the parent’s arm.
A survey has shown that 38% from 1000 parents have experienced a situation in which their baby started choking on food.
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