Note: the techniques outlined in this article can be used on both male and female babies.
Definition of choking
Choking is a condition in which a person is unable to breathe or breathe properly due to a blockage in the throat or a lack of air (oxygen) to sustain normal breathing. This condition is most common during meals, particularly when the food contains bones and other large solid particles. It can also be triggered when someone speaks while feeding, which causes the food to be channeled in the wrong direction, resulting in choking.
What causes choking in infants and babies, and how do you prevent it?
• Swallowing of harmful substances - if babies are not properly handled, they can easily pick up and swallow a harmful substance. Often the material swallowed goes down quickly, while other times it gets trapped in the mouth or throat, causing choking.
•During meals- Often pap becomes lumpy, which can easily lead to choking in a baby.
Note: The emphasis of this article is primarily on how to deal with choking in infants and babies.
reasons why a choking baby should not be given water
Many parents believe that offering a choking baby water is the only way to deal with the problem, but this practice has been shown to be extremely ineffective, and it can even exacerbate the situation or be fatal to the baby. External substances (liquid or solid) should not be provided to someone who is having trouble breathing, particularly babies.
When a baby is choked, his or her breathing may be partially or fully halted; giving him or her water in this situation may result in damage to the throat or other essential pharynx, larynx, and other structures. Why is this the case? The water forces the obstruction (swallowed material) down rather than up, which may cause the substance to break the throat walls, causing further problems.
How can I tell if a baby is choking?
• Breathing and speaking difficulties.
• The Baby makes a strange noise or makes no sound at all.
• • Skin can turn grey-bluish as a result of insufficient oxygen circulation around the body, resulting in a flushed face and neck (unusual facial appearance).
Step-by-step instructions on how to deal with choking in children.
Process 1: smack the back up to five times.
• Place the baby on your forearm, face down, with his head lowered.
•Give him a total of five slaps or soft pats on the back.
• Place the baby on your lap so that he is facing up.
Step 2: Examine the baby's mouth • Gently open the baby's mouth and look for any visible obstructions. Then, without touching the baby's throat, use one finger to clear the obstruction (if visible) (to avoid inflammation or infection).
• If no apparent obstructions are detected, proceed to “process 3.”
Step 3: Apply a chest thrust
What exactly is a chest thrust? It is the act of pressing the chest with the fingertips or the whole hand in order to cause vomiting.
• Place two fingers on the baby's lower breastbone and one finger's width below the nipples.
• • Check the baby's mouth for any apparent obstruction (if any), and gently remove it without rubbing on the throat to avoid damaging it or causing infection.
• If there is no apparent obstruction but the baby is still having trouble breathing, take the baby to the hospital right away for a thorough medical examination.
Note that choking is not the only cause of difficulty breathing in babies; thus, they should be taken to the hospital after completing the first aid procedures outlined above. Breathing disorders can also be caused by other respiratory conditions such as Asthma, Pneumonia, and so on.
Precautionary steps to take before, during, and after the procedures
• Stop putting your hand too far into the baby's chest to protect respiratory organs like the trachea, ribs, and lungs.
• Carry the baby with extreme caution to prevent any risk of dropping.
• Since the baby is still very sensitive, all operations should be done slowly and gently.
• Avoid using abdominal thrust on the baby because it can cause the intestines to rupture.
• Do not offer the baby water right after the obstruction has been removed because it might hurt him. Allow up to 5 minutes for the baby's breathing to return to normal.
Note: This article is solely for first-aid purposes and should not be confused with medical care (if need be)
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