According to St John Ambulance, 80% of parents have no idea what to do if their child choked. This is a frightening statistic, especially when you consider that an average of 34 children are treated in hospital for choking on food every day.
Whilst you shouldn’t be alarmed, you should equip yourself with as much information as possible in order to reduce the chances of choking. You should make sure you’re aware of the signs of choking, which are different to the signs of gagging.
Young children can choke on anything that can fit through a loo roll. To prevent choking: keep such small objects out of reach, cut up food into very small pieces and supervise children while they’re eating, especially if they’re under five years old.
If a child shows signs of choking, stay calm and ask them to cough, as doing this they can often release whatever is stuck themselves. If this doesn’t work then follow these steps to clear a blockage.