First Aid for Choking


If your child swallows an object, take him/her to the emergency room immediately. It’s particularly difficult if he/she swallows more than one item because it can cause severe internal damage.

Swallowing A Coin

  • Most loose change, marbles, and buttons will pass carefully out of the body in a bowel movement- usually within 7 days.
  • However, you should still let your doctor know about any digested foreign item; the doctor might suggest an x-ray to make sure it isn’t stuck in the lining of the stomach.
  • Phone right away if your youngster is aware but starts to cough or if he can’t eat or drink — the coin might be trapped in his esophagus and has to be taken surgically.

Swallowing A Foreign Object

• Most items swallowed will be removed naturally.
• Jagged items are risky.
• Sharp items should be taken out as soon as possible.

If your youngster swallows an object, take him to the emergency room immediately.

If your youngster swallows an object, take him to the emergency room immediately.

• Swallowing objects can happen to all ages.
• It is more common in children between the ages of 1 and 3.

Causes Of Swallowing Foreign Objects

• Food such as popcorn.
• Loose coins.
• Tiny toys.
• Small items such as marbles or beads.

Symptoms Of Swallowing Foreign Objects

• Coughing.
Trouble breathing.
• Panting.

Treatment Of Swallowing A Foreign Object

• If breathing is tricky, perform the Heimlich maneuver.
• Seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

On Someone Else
• Stand up at the back of the casualty.
• Enfold your arms around the casualty’s waist.
• Lean the casualty a bit forward.
• Take your hand and make a fist.
• Place your fist just above the casualty’s navel.
• Take your other hand and hold the fist.
• Give a solid upward force into the abdomen.
• Do again if necessary.

On Yourself
• Form a fist with your one hand.
• Take your fist and place it above your navel.
• Hold the fist with your other hand.
• Bow over a solid surface like a chair.
• Give yourself a hard upward shove.
• Do again if necessary.

Prevention Of Swallowing Foreign Objects

• Do not give potentially hazardous food to kids.
• Give tiny pieces of food to your kids.
• Avoid laughing or talking while you have food in your mouth.

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