Choking can be a life-threatening issue if not handled in the proper manner. Sonder is here to help assist you if an infant is choking and you’re not sure what to do. Here’s a guide on what to look out for and what you need to do.

Please note that if an infant starts choking and becomes blue, limp, or unconscious, immediately call triple zero (000) for an ambulance and stay on the phone, and then administer first aid.

Sonder’s team of trained nurses and medical professionals are always available to help you whenever you need advice on what to do. Just start a chat or give us a call via the home screen of the Sonder app - we’ll be with you in seconds.

Signs and symptoms

  • Clutching the throat

  • Coughing, wheezing, gagging

  • Difficulty in breathing, speaking or swallowing

  • Making a whistling or ‘crowing’ noise, or no sound at all

  • Blue lips, face, earlobes, fingernails

  • Loss of consciousness

What to do

  1. Immediately call triple zero (000) for an ambulance. Stay on the phone.

  2. Place the infant with their head downwards on your forearm, supporting the head and shoulders on your hand.

  3. Hold the infant’s mouth open with your fingers.

  4. Give up to 5 sharp blows to the back between the shoulders with the heel of one hand, checking if the blockage has been removed after each blow.

  5. If the blockage has come loose or been removed, turn the infant into the recovery position and remove any object that may have come loose with your little finger.

  6. If the blockage has not been removed after 5 back blows, place the infant on their back on a firm surface.

  7. Place 2 fingers on the lower half of the sternum and give up to 5 chest thrusts, checking if the blockage has been removed after each thrust. Support the infant’s head with the other hand.

  8. If the blockage has not been removed after 5 thrusts, continue alternating 5 back blows with 5 chest thrusts until medical aid arrives.

  9. If the infant becomes unconscious, start CPR.

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Information sourced from: St John Ambulance Australia.

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