         Infants are more likely to choke on food or small objects than adults.

         Will rapidly become distressed

         Need for quick action to clear the obstruction

         Be prepared to give rescue breathes and chest compressions

Signs to Watch Out

•           Bluish skin color.

•           Difficulty breathing — ribs and chest pull inward.

•           Loss of consciousness (unresponsiveness) if the blockage is not cleared.

•           Inability to cry or make much sound.

•           Weak, ineffective coughing.

•           Soft or high-pitched sounds while inhaling.

First Aid Steps

•           Hold the infant face down, head lower.

•           Deliver five back slaps.

•           Bring infant upright on the thigh.

•           Give five quick chest thrusts.

•           Check airway. Finger sweep any obstruction.

•           Repeat cycle as often as necessary.

•           Repeat 1-4 times

•           If the obstruction persists take the infant with you to call for help

•           Continue until help arrives if the infant loses consciousness.

•           Start CPR if unconscious.

How to perform CPR on an infant (ages 0-1)

1.         Step 1: Check for responsiveness. Gently tap the infant’s foot or shoulder and yell

2.         Step 2: Give 30 chest compressions. Put the baby on a hard, flat surface

3.         Step 3: Open the airway

4.         Step 4: Give 2 breaths

5.         Step 5: Continue giving infant CPR until help arrives

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