Avoid disaster by removing access to these top choking hazards for babies.
The last thing any parent wants to be faced with is a child who’s life is being threatened. Choking is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for infants. Every responsible parent should lower the risk of injury or death by removing hazardous items and feeding their children lower risk foods.
Being prepared to help a choking infant by following the instructions as written by the National Safety Council:
- Support the infant face down by holding the head in one hand with the torso on your forearm against your thigh
- Give up to five back slaps between the shoulder blades with the heel of your other hand
- If the object is not expelled, roll the infant face up, supporting the back of the infant’s head with your hand
- Place two fingers on the breastbone just below the nipple line
- Give five chest thrusts about one per second about 1 ½ inches deep
- Continue cycles of five back slaps and five chest thrusts until the object is expelled or the infant becomes unresponsive
- If the infant becomes unresponsive or is found unresponsive, begin CPR
The items that pose the greatest risk are listed below.
water bottle lids
balloons (1/2 of all choking fatalities)
grapes (un cut round foods)
chewy, sticky foods (peanut butter, marshmallows)
nuts, popcorn, hard candy, carrots
hot dogs (#1 food -related choking hazard)
Elimination of risk factors from a child’s environment greatly reduces the risk of disaster. So often it is common sense that is lacking momentarily, that leads to situations where bad things happen. At the very least, eliminate the top choking hazards listed above from your child’s accessible areas.
Dr. Lou Jacobs is a board certified perinatal and pediatric chiropractor in Portland, Maine. In practice for over 15 years, Dr. Lou is focused on spine and nervous system health and optimization through chiropractic. Dr. Lou currently has 26 videos on his YOUTUBE channel that are directly related to moms and kids, nearly 200 videos total. All efforts at Perinatal & Pediatric Chiropractic of Maine are to optimize the quality of life for all of his patients, young or old. Read reviews of Dr. Lou’s office.