first aid for childminders chokingThe child is choking on a piece of apple. What is the FIRST thing you should do?






The child is choking on a piece of apple. She isn’t able to cough it up by herself.

The first thing you should do is to lean the child forwards and give her five firm back blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand.

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If the back blows do not clear the obstruction, then you must do abdominal thrusts. 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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