Whilst growing up we learn to discover new things, “the do’s and the don’ts” “what we can eat and what we can’t.” But, until that stage it is perfectly natural to find these things out for ourselves, “hmm, this piece of Lego looks nice, it must taste nice too!”
Unfortunately, this sometimes has consequences that none of us would care to think about. However, it happens, that’s life! The important thing is how we deal with situations like a choking child or even an adult.
Would you know what to do?
Yes! – Great, hopefully you will be to hand in such a situation to save the day!
No? – Ok, well it’s not too late to do something about it!
Being trained in First Aid is such a great life skill to have, generally we only hear about the need for first aid training whilst at work! Why is this? Because your employer has asked you to be trained? Because legislation dictates? Quite possibly!
The funny thing is, there is an extremely small proportion of people out there that choose to be trained in first aid just to have it as a good life skill.
Why is this?
We spend our lives looking after and protecting those that are so dear to us, yet we forget that in the time of need, when disaster has struck, we actually need to know what to do, we have to have those skills to act fast and actually save the day!
Diagnosis – What to look out for!
Choking isn’t always as obvious as you might think it is, sometimes it can be cleared by a good old cough and splutter, but this isn’t always the case! When an object gets stuck and the airway is blocked you will see the following indications:
- inability to cough, cry, or speak
- blue or purple face colour from lack of oxygen
- grabbing at throat
- weak cough and laboured breathing that produces a high-pitched noise
- all of the above, followed by loss of consciousness
So, what are you going to do? “Abdominal Thrusts” I hear you say! Yes, you could be right (there are other methods based on age etc.). But do you actually know how to do it? Have you been trained? as applied incorrectly, broken bones or even damage to internal organs may occur.
It is important to remember, if a child has a choking incident where Abdominal Thrusts have been performed, you must seek medical attention immediately whether you have been trained or not.
Know what to do and save the day!