How to manage the choking Infant
An infant may be placed in a head downwards position prior to delivering back blows, i.e. across the rescuer’s lap.
If back blows are unsuccessful the rescuer should perform up to five chest thrusts.
To perform chest thrusts, identify the same compression point as for CPR and give up to five chest thrusts.
These are similar to chest compressions but sharper and delivered at a slower rate.
The infant should be placed in a head downwards and on their back across the rescuer’s thigh, while children and adults may be treated in the sitting or standing position.
With each chest thrust, check to see whether the airway obstruction has been relieved.
If the obstruction cannot be cleared with back blows or chest thrusts, then CPR needs to be started.
If chest thrusts do not work – give 2 breaths
We recommend at this stage that 2 breaths should be administered to see if the obstruction can be moved or cleared. even if the object is blown down into the lungs- then this may be enough to start basic breathing until medical can clear the airway.
If breathing returns, ensure to call an ambulance and manage the patient until medical help arrives.
If breathing does not return, start CPR with 30 Compressions and 2 breaths and continue until breathing stars or medical help arrives.