Choking is usually caused by food or an object stuck in the windpipe. For tips to avoid choking, see preventing choking.
A person who is choking cannot talk, cough, or breathe, and may turn grey or blue. The Heimlich manoeuvre can help get the food or object out.
WARNING: Do not try the Heimlich manoeuvre unless you are sure the person is choking.
If the person can cough or make sounds, let him or her cough to try to get the object out. If you are worried about the person's breathing, call 911.
If the person can't breathe, cough, or make sounds, then:
or other emergency services if the person faints. Then:
If you choke while you are alone, use your fists to do thrusts on yourself. Or lean over the back of a chair and press hard to pop out the object.
If the baby can cough or make sounds, let him or her cough to try to get the object out. If you are worried about the baby's breathing, call 911.
If a baby can't breathe, cough, or make sounds, then:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Current as ofMarch 20, 2017
Current as of: March 20, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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