Choking is when your airway gets blocked and you can’t breathe
properly. This information is aimed at parents for treating
choking babies and young children, the information is
different for adults.
Young children are more likely to choke than adults, because
they often put small objects in their mouths that they may breathe
in and get stuck.
If a child or baby is choking they’ll get upset quickly and you
need to act fast to clear what’s stuck. If they can’t cough or make
any noise, it’s serious.
When someone chokes, the airway can either be partly or fully
blocked. If it’s a mild blockage, they should be able to clear it
themselves by coughing.
If it’s a severe blockage, they won’t be able to cough so
without anyone’s help they’ll lose
responsiveness before this happens you can help - see the links
at the bottom of the page.
If they do lose responsiveness, their throat muscles could relax
and open the airway enough for you to give rescue breaths ‒ be
prepared to give rescue breaths and chest compressions if this
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