Managing a choking adult or child. Encourage adult or child to relax and cough to remove the object. Call triple zero () if coughing does not remove the blockage, or if patient is an infant. Bend the patient well forward and give 5 back blows. Over half of people who die from choking are adults over the age of seventy-four. 3 This is because normal swallowing function can deteriorate with age. Teeth and throat muscles weaken, saliva production slows, and even diseases like reflux, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s can affect swallowing functions in older adults.
Choking was the fourth most common cause of unintentional injury-related death in the US in Deaths from choking most often occur in the very young (children under 2 years old) and in the elderly (adults over 75 years). Obstruction of the airway can occur at the level of the pharynx or the trachea. Foods that can adapt their shape to that. CONSCIOUS CHOKING Cannot Cough, Speak, Cry or Breathe After checking the scene for safety and the injured or ill person, have someone CALL and get consent. For children and infants, get consent from the parent or guardian, if present. 3 REPEAT STEPS 1 AND 2 UNTIL THE: Object is forced out. Person can cough forcefully or breathe.
Choking occurs when a foreign object lodges in the throat or windpipe, blocking the flow of air. In adults, a piece of food often is the culprit. Young children often swallow small objects. Because choking cuts off oxygen to the brain, give first aid as quickly as possible. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus: "Choking first aid - infant under 1 year - series." National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus: "Choking first aid - adult or child over 1 year - series.".