By Raising Children Network
spacer spacer PInterest spacer
spacer Print spacer Email

What causes choking

Small things and food lumps can cause choking; keep small things away; watch when baby eats.
  • Small things or food lumps can cause choking and stop baby breathing.
  • Keep small things away from baby.
  • Watch baby while he eats. Cut up small food.

What to do if baby is choking

Stay calm, clear baby's mouth and check if breathing; if baby cannot breathe, call 000.
  • Emergency!
  • Stay calm! Look in and clear baby’s mouth. Check if breathing.
  • If baby cannot breathe ring 000 for an ambulance or take baby to clinic straight away.

What to do if baby is not breathing

Give 5 back blows and 5 chest pushes; repeat if airway is blocked and baby not breathing; continue until blockage moves or medical help arrives.
  • Lay baby down along your arm. Give 5 firm back blows and then lie baby on back along your arm. Give 5 chest pushes.
  • Look in baby’s mouth. If airway is still blocked and baby is still not breathing, repeat the back blows and the chest pushes.
  • Continue the 5 back blows, 5 chest pushes and breath checks until blockage moves or medical help arrives.
  • Last updated or reviewed 28-02-2013
  • Acknowledgements This resource was developed by Raising Children Network in collaboration with Black Wattle Consulting.