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What to Do if Your Child is Choking

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What to Do if Your Child is Choking

Choking may be a life-threatening medical emergency, because the brain can only survive a few minutes without oxygen.

Children are curious little things and for the most part we encourage them to be so, it’s how they learn new things. But sometimes their curiousness can lead to danger when they start putting things in their mouth. Children learn through touching, feeling and often want to put everything straight into their mouth and it got me thinking, how many of us would know exactly what to do if a child started to choke?

As always prevention is better than cure but accidents do happen. Better Health says a child may show one or more of the following symptoms and immediate medical attention is required.

Signs a child may be choking;

  • Panicked and distressed behaviour
  • Inability to talk in complete sentences or at full volume
  • Frantic coughing
  • Unusual breathing sounds, such as wheezing or whistling
  • Clutching at the throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Red face.
  • Face, neck and lips turning blue

Choking is extremely dangerous and can be life threatening, if you believe a child is choking call 000 immediately. St John’s Ambulance says that the techniques for managing a child who is choking are different to the techniques used for a baby.


Child under 1yr

St John’s Ambulance guideline



Child over 1yr

St John’s Ambulance guideline

Emily Lockley

Emily Lockley is 32, which she thinks is a great age by the way, still young enough to want to have fun and just old enough to not really care about the dramas of your twenties.and not where she thought she would be. In saying that for the most part, she loves where she's at. Great partner, loving family, amazing friends, living in Melbourne..blah blah right?! There is always something else we want, for her that's a baby, but it's just not happening the way she thought it would. Emily is an infertility blogger who writes of her journey through fertility treatment and the longing to become a Mum in a very real, raw and honest way.

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