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Things you Need to Know About Choking and How To Stop It
Choking is when the airway is blocked and the air is prevented from reaching the lungs. When an individual is chocked they fail to breathe. Prolonged choking can result in anoxia. Choking is the cause of most deaths in children and over 65 years old adults. Someone can die from choking in a few minutes. Most choking cases occur due to food and consumption of candy and coins. Choking can also be caused by illnesses such as asthma and Febrile Seizures.
You need to buy dechoking device for the individual. Buying a dechoking device is going to help a lot. You need to add this device to the first aid kit of your family. A dechoker will help you in a case of emergencies. You can buy the dechoker according to age. You should be ready to take action in case of an emergency with a loved one. You should be sure to choose the right anti-choking device. This device is especially good for someone who lives alone.
Treating someone who is choking, if the individual has turned blue or stops breathing depends on the age of the person. You should attempt abdominal thrusts for an adult or a child above the age of one year. The thrust will help by creating an artificial cough. The airway of the individual is going to be cleared by the forceful thrust. The chest cavity is reduced by forcing the diaphragm upwards forcefully. whatever is causing the choking is going to forcefully come out through the rush of the air.
You need to know the right way to perform abdominal thrusts. The first step is to let the person lean forward and stand behind him or her. You need to wrap your hands around the person then grasp your fist in the midline below the ribs of the person. The next step is to make hard inward movements to assist the person to cough out the object causing the choking. In case the individual loses consciousness you need to lay him or her on the floor. To help clear the airway, put the heel of your palm on the abdomen of the victim then make inward and outward movements.
If you are alone and choking and has no dechoker, there are two ways you can do abdominal thrusts. You have an option of laying on a firm object and thrusting yourself on it or doing the thrusts the same way you would on another person. If the first-aid attempts fail, call 911.