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Is there something like the heimlich for babies?

My 9 month old eats teething bisquits fine, but once or twice he cant finish the last bite, and Im a second too late and I get scared he could get that tiny chunk lodged in his throat. What can I do?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:19 PM on Nov. 23, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • There is a baby version of the heimlich maneuver.
    lebrbria

    Answer by lebrbria at 10:22 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

  • put him face down on your arm (with you holding his face in your hand, belly on your forearm) with your other palm, hit him on the upper back 3 times, flip him over on the other arm (so you're holding his head, face up, with the hand you used to hit his back, and his back on your forearm) use your free hand, put your fingers in his mouth and swipe, to see if you can get anything out. if still choking, flip him back over to the other arm (like the first time) and do over again. keep doing this until you get whatever it is lodged out of his throat/mouth. if you can't get it out, you tell someone to call 911, and start CPR, DON'T use your hand like you see on TV, you are supposed to use ONLY your middle and ring finger, between the nipples. it's 30 compressions on the chest, 2 breaths, and make sure you cover the mouth AND nose at this age.
    armywife43

    Answer by armywife43 at 10:25 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

  • google it.
    Nikkisabella

    Answer by Nikkisabella at 10:26 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

  • oh, forgot to put, make sure that when you're holding him facedown, that his body is sightly downward. some people can't lift babies like this, so if you have to, rest your elbow on your leg for support.
    armywife43

    Answer by armywife43 at 10:26 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

  • yep.... back blows and chest thrusts. Here is a video on how to do it (I would take infant and child CRP if I were you)
    http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=choking%20infant&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&ie=UTF-8&oe=utf8&um=1&sa=N&tab=wv#
    Hopefully the video works... otherwise just look up infant choking on Youtube
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 10:27 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

  • Do CPR ONLY if not coughing, and not breathing. if your baby is still coughing, keep doing the heimlich, his body is still working to get it out.
    armywife43

    Answer by armywife43 at 10:30 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

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