by Rebecca J. Stahl, MA
Choking on solid foods and other objects is especially dangerous for your baby. You will need to respond quickly. Follow these steps from the American Heart Association:
The American Heart Association offers infant CPR and other first aid classes. By educating yourself, you can keep your baby's meal time safe. It is also a good idea to make sure that everyone who cares for your baby knows CPR and first aid, as well.
American Heart Association
March of Dimes
Canadian Paediatric Society
Choking: first aid. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-choking/FA00025. Updated October 13, 2011. Accessed July 16, 2012.
Berg MD, Schexnayder SM, Chameides L, Terry M, Donoghue A, Hickey RW, Berg RA, Sutton RM, Hazinski MF. Pediatric basic life support: 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=20956430
Last reviewed July 2012 by Brian Randall, MD
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