Have you ever known about Infant Heimlich Maneuver and CPR in case your child can be choked? The article shall give the necessary information about this method.
Sometimes your babies have choked on food or an object once eating it during your daily activities. For first aid in case of suffocation, we need to know the two most straightforward and most effective primary aid methods for airway obstruction. One is Infant Heimlich Maneuver and CPR, and the second one is back flap.
Unfortunately, there are cases where choking can cause the death of the victim by blocking the airway so oxygen cannot reach the brain. Let us pay attention to be able first to aid the victim as quickly as possible. We will only discuss choking due to anomalous rather than choking due to pathology.
What to do when people choking?
According to the American Red Cross, for people with choking, you need to do “five pats then five puffs,” meaning that patting and pressing both have the same effect in pushing the object out.
The five parts are how you put a hand on the front of the victim’s chest, push them slightly downward, and slap the part in the middle of the shoulder bone. If still not out, you can continue to switch to five puffs. One hand in place on the abdomen on the navel, the other hand gripped that fist tightly.
The next step is to press firmly and diagonally. Just like that, you force until the foreign object is pushed out.
Infant Heimlich Maneuver and CPR for pregnant women and children
One thing to note about handling for pregnant women is that you should place your hands higher than ordinary people, in the lower part of the sternum, equivalent to the upper part of the lower ribs because the lower part is sensitive.
For children older than one-year-old, you can also apply this method, pay attention when careful implementation with sufficient force not to damage the bones and internal organs of the child.
In the case of loss of consciousness in adults, you need to place them on their backs on a flat surface, put their hands to the sides, open their mouths, and if found that the object can be used to pull out gently. Please do not use your hand in a mine-like manner, sweeping back and forth because it is likely to push the object deeper inside.
If the object still cannot be removed, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) will be performed.
Notably, the handling of children under one year of age is more complicated. We need to sit down, hold the child in hands in the prone position, direct the child’s head to the lower body and use the wrist to gently hit the middle back to try to push the object out.
If the child is still not breathing, turn the child onto the back. Note that the head is lower than the body and use two fingers to apply a sufficient force to the center of the sternum several times. Keep using these two methods until the object is pushed out. If the object is not pulled out, we need to implement CPR immediately.
The above are ways of Infant Heimlich Maneuver and CPR to deal with choking situations in both adults and children. All of the above cases need to be noted in the implementation, and we recommend that if you try it a few times and it does not work, please go immediately to the nearest clinic for assistance, especially when a child is suffocating.