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Choking in the Unconscious Infant

Choking in the Unconscious Infant | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the injury?

First aid for an unconscious infant who has choked includes:

  • checking for signs of circulation, such as normal breathing, coughing, or movement in response to stimulation
  • contacting the emergency medical system immediately
  • opening the infant's mouth by grasping the tongue and lower jaw between your thumb and fingers and lifting. Only if you see the object should you gently sweep your index finger in a hooking motion deeply into the infant's mouth to remove it.
  • starting cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, if the infant has no signs of circulation. Use 5 chest compressions for every 1 mouth-to-mouth rescue breath.
  • placing the infant in a side-lying position if he or she starts breathing and monitoring closely
  • staying with the infant until medical help arrives
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    The chest compressions of CPR can cause vomiting, injuries to internal organs, or broken ribs. Vomiting can be a problem if the vomit is caught in the airway and inhaled into the lungs. None of the procedures may work, and the infant may still choke, remain unconscious, or possibly die.

    What happens after treatment for the injury?

    Anytime an infant chokes, medical attention should be sought since the object may have been inhaled into the lung. This can cause wheezing, persistent cough, or pneumonia.

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    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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