If your baby has reached the age that he or she can take things with the hands, you will face many new dangers. For example, choking with your baby. Small children can swallow objects or suffocate in solid food. In this blog you can read what you have to do with one choking with a baby.
When is there a choking of a baby?
It will occur regularly that your baby chokes. This can be in food or while drinking. It is also possible that your baby chokes on mucus or bread. As long as your baby is coughing, your baby is still getting air and there is no need to take action. In this case, there is talk of a choking with a baby.
During a choking you do not have to knock on the back during a coughing fit. In fact, that can have a negative effect on the coughing stimulus. So wait until the coughing process is over, probably your baby has corrected the choking itself.
Symptoms of a suffocation in babies
A ticking is often a matter of course. That is something else than with a choking with a baby. Below you will find the symptoms of a suffocation. If you notice this, wait a few seconds first. Many babies can still correct it themselves. Symptoms of suffocation:
- Your baby makes little or no noise and does not cough.
- You notice that your baby is stuffy.
- The baby can turn purple or blue.
- Your baby is panicking, you can see this on the eyes.
- You hear a strange squeaking sound.
- The baby can become unconscious.
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First aid for suffocation
If your baby shows the symptoms above, follow the steps below.
- Put your baby with your head down on your forearm.
- Support the shoulders and grab the jaw line (not the throat).
- Beat 5 times with the heel of your hand between the shoulders. Do not try to knock right between the shoulder blades but slightly up.
- Turn your baby on your other arm and see if something is in the mouth. If you see something, try to remove it carefully. Do not just go into the throat if you do not see anything!
- No reaction? Place 2 fingers on the sternum and perform 5 chest compressions. This looks like resuscitation, but a little faster. The tempo is once every 3 seconds. Check again if you can find something in the mouth.
- You can repeat the above steps 3 times until something falls out of the mouth, your baby starts coughing, reappears or goes unconscious.
- Always go to the doctor for a check to make sure that there is nothing damaged internally.
What to do if your baby becomes unconscious?
First call 112!
First release the airway from your baby and check the breathing. Bring your ear to the nose or mouth and listen carefully. Feel and look at the chest and belly of your child.
You should breathe 4 to 6 times in 10 seconds, if all goes well. If your child is not breathing or not enough, then you have to resuscitate. Call 112 anyway! If your baby is not breathing, do the following:
- Put the little chin of your child up.
- Place your mouth over the mouth and the nose of your child and start with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. With an older child you place your mouth only over the mouth of your child.
- Inflate breath 5 times until the chest of your baby goes up.
- Then perform chest compressions: with two fingers, push in the middle of the chest. You push it about 4-5 centimeters. Push 15 times at a rate of 100-120 per minute.
- Give your baby two breaths followed by 15 chest compressions, 2 more ventilations, etc. You do this until your baby regains or the ambulance is there or someone has brought an AED.
Watch this video about resuscitation of a baby
A very important tip for every parent!
If you want to act really well, then follow a children's first aid course. This is often a one-day course where you learn everything to help your child quickly in emergency situations. That way you know exactly what to do if you have a choking or choking with a baby.