First aid

Updated 19 November 2014

First aid for when someone chokes

Just because choking happens to all of us, doesn't mean that it isn't dangerous.

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Just because choking happens to all of us, doesn't mean that it isn't dangerous. Choking happens when an object gets stuck in the airway instead of passing through to the stomach, thereby partially or completely blocking the airway. This could be fatal. Luckily, there are simple ways to prevent choking.


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Always supervise young children while eating; make sure they sit quietly while eating; do not give foods that can break off into hard pieces to a small child; do not give popcorn, nuts, hard lollies, cornchips or other similar foods; check toys for small parts that may come off; drink alcohol in moderation – alcohol impairs coordination of the muscles used in swallowing; and don’t gulp drinks with food in your mouth.

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