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How to stop choking in babies under 12 months: Aboriginal parents

0-1 years

What causes choking

Small things or food lumps can cause choking and stop baby breathing.

Keep small things away from baby.

Watch baby while he eats. Cut up small food.

What to do if baby is choking


Stay calm! Look in and clear baby’s mouth. Check if breathing.

If baby cannot breathe ring 000 for an ambulance or take baby to clinic straight away.

What to do if baby is not breathing

Lay baby down along your arm. Give 5 firm back blows and then lie baby on back along your arm. Give 5 chest pushes.

Look in baby’s mouth. If airway is still blocked and baby is still not breathing, repeat the back blows and the chest pushes.

Continue the 5 back blows, 5 chest pushes and breath checks until blockage moves or medical help arrives.

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