Choking Infant


How To Treat A Choking Infant


choking treatment


  • Anyone less than one year of age is treated as an infant
  • Newborn – Birth to 2 months of age
  • Infants – 2 months to 1 year
  • Toddlers – 1 year to 4 years


Signs & Symptoms

  • Coughing, wheezing
  • Gagging
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty breathing may have a blue tinge to lips and face



5 x back blows – 5 x chest thrusts – alternate


  • Call an ambulance
  • Support the infant head down on your forearm
  • Using the heel of your hand give up to five back blows between the shoulder blades
  • After each back blow turn the infant over and check if the obstruction is dislodged
  • If unsuccessful place the infant on their back, place two fingers in the middle of their chest and apply up to five chest thrusts
  • After each chest thrust check if the obstruction is dislodged


  • If the patient becomes unconscious quickly look in the mouth / throat. You may be able to see the obstruction and remove it.
  • Be prepared to commence CPR