Choking is the last thing any parent wants to think about, but it’s one of the most important things to prepare for. This step-by-step guide will help you identify choking in babies and toddlers, and explain what to do in such an emergency. We also talk about the lifesaving Dechoker device and why it should be a part of your first-aid kit.
Although household items can sometimes get caught in kids’ airways, food is the most common hazard for toddlers and even infants. If you believe your child is choking, do the following:
In addition to these traditional choking treatments, we believe every family should have access to a lifesaving Dechoker device. Designed in sizes for toddlers, children and adults, the Dechoker is an easy-to-use suction device that uses air to dislodge an object blocking an airway. If your baby is choking, apply the Dechoker first-aid device to the child’s mouth and pull back on the plunger. In many cases, the airway is clear within just seconds.
Common choking treatments such as abdominal thrusts and back blows are trusted techniques, but they also come with the risk of injuring the choking victim, even for trained professionals. The Dechoker gives parents an additional option for ensuring their children’s safety.
Learn more about the how lifesaving Dechoker device works here.
If your child had a minor choking incident and was able to cough up the object on his or her own, there isn’t typically a need to seek further care. However, after any major choking emergency, it’s wise to seek out professional medical care. If emergency response personnel have arrived, let them check the child, or visit a doctor or ER. This is particularly important if the child has ongoing coughing, wheezing, drooling or trouble swallowing.
Choking emergencies can be very scary for a family, but prevention and preparedness bring peace of mind. Use this opportunity to educate all children and other members of your family about common choking hazards and treatment methods such as the lifesaving Dechoker.
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