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Performing first aid for a choking child is very similar to an adult. If the child does not clearly grab their throat other danger signs for a child and an adult include:
- Inability to speak
- Weak, ineffective coughing
- Noisy breathing or high-pitched sounds while inhaling
- Difficulty breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Loss of consciousness if blockage is not cleared
1. Send someone to call 911 or your local emergency number.
2. Lean the child forward and make 5 blows to their back with the heel of your hand.
3. If this does not work, stand behind the child and wrap your arms around the child’s waist.
4. Make a fist with one hand. Place the thumb side of your fist just above the child’s navel, well below the breastbone.
Review Date 7/20/2013
Updated by: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.