Eight Childhood First Aid Emergencies
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Young children are prone to choking.
If the child is breathing encourage coughing.
Remove any obvious obstruction from their mouth.
If the child stops coughing begin back blows, using the heel of your hand between the shoulder blades.
If the back blows fail, try abdominal thrusts. Put your arms around the child’s upper abdomen. Place your fist between the navel and the bottom of the breast bone. Pull sharply inwards and upwards up to five times. Stop if the obstruction clears.
When to call 999/112:
• If the obstruction does not clear after repeating back blows and abdominal thrusts 3 times.
• If the child becomes unconscious.
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