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How to stop choking in babies under 12 months in pictures: 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 baby’s mouth. Clear baby’s mouth.

Check if baby is breathing

If baby can’t breathe call 000 straight away. The 000 operator will tell you how to clear the blockage. Do what the operator tells you.

What to do if baby is not breathing

Lay baby face down along your arm or lap. Give five sharp back blows between baby’s shoulder blades. Check after each blow if baby is breathing.

If baby is still not breathing, lay baby on her back. Give five 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 five back blows, five chest pushes and breath checks until blockage moves or medical help arrives.

If baby becomes unconscious at any time, start child CPR

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