The child is choking on a boiled sweet. You have tried five back blows but this has not dislodged it. What should you do?





The next thing you should do is to stand behind the child and do five abdominal thrusts. 

If the abdominal thrusts do not clear the obstruction, then do five more back blows, then five more abdominal thrusts. Keep alternating between abdominal thrusts and back blows until you clear the blockage or until the child becomes unconscious. Please note that there is a different procedure for babies under one year.

Follow the video and instructions on the St. John’s Ambulance website to remind yourself how to do abdominal thrusts and how to treat choking in an infant.


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