It’s an exciting time for kids as they eagerly check out all the goodies they scored trick-or-treating on Halloween night. But some of those candies can pose choking hazards for young children.
“Hard candy accounted for 15 percent of all choking episodes, and other types of candy caused an additional 12.8%. Together, that's almost 30%. The other categories the researchers singled out were meat other than hot dogs (hot dogs are such a significant choking threat they were treated separately), which caused 12.8% of injuries, and meat bones, which caused another 12 percent.”
Emergency Care for Choking
Choking can occur when a solid foreign object, such as a piece of food, or small object, enters a narrowed part of the airway and becomes stuck. On inhalation, the object can be drawn tighter into the airway and block air from entering the lungs. Your help is required to save the person’s life.
A forceful thrust beneath the ribs and up into the diaphragm can pressurize the air in the chest and pop an obstruction out of the airway. If choking occurs:
Kneel behind the child, reach around, and locate their navel.
Make a fist with one hand and place the thumb side against the abdomen, just above the navel and below the ribs.
Grasp your fist with the other hand.
Quickly thrust inward and upward into the abdomen.
Each thrust needs to be given with the intent of expelling the object.
Continue until the child can breathe normally.
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