This Choking Video Could Save Your Baby’s Life

This Choking Video Could Save Your Baby’s Life

Seasons Medical shares viral UK video about proper techniques for stopping babies from choking, in addition to nationwide study on the same subject. It’s the latest viral video from St John Ambulance, and it’s teaching parents literally how to save a life. The method demonstrated in the video is known as the “five-and-five” approach, developed by the Red Cross in reaction to overwhelming number of child deaths due to choking.

Seasons Medical shares viral UK video about proper techniques for stopping babies from choking, in addition to nationwide study on the same subject. 

It’s the latest viral video from St John Ambulance, and it’s teaching parents literally how to save a life.

The method demonstrated in the video is known as the “five-and-five” approach, developed by the Red Cross in reaction to overwhelming number of child deaths due to choking.

According to their website, St John Ambulance is the UK’s leading first-aid charity, dedicated to helping people avoid needless death. Their efforts to teach the world CPR lead to the creation of #TheChokeables, featuring famous UK voices David Walliams, David Mitchell, Johnny Vegas, and Sir John Hurt. The animation features the standard method on how to clear the airway of a choking baby.

According to the video description, “Pen lid, marble, princess and jelly baby have had enough of being a hazard”. The animation shows the group demonstrating the proper method on Jelly Baby, who chokes on a peanut.

In fact, according to a 2010 study done by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital of Ohio, “choking is a leading cause of injury and death among children, especially those younger than 4 years of age.”

The study goes on to say that every 5 days, a child will die from choking. The most common culprit for choking is food, followed by toys, coins, and miscellaneous small items.

But helping your child avoid choking situations is easy. Here are some helpful reminders to help prevent choking situations with your children from that 2010 study:

    • Do not give children younger than 4 any round, firm foods unless they have been cut into very small pieces. Cut hot dogs lengthwise and cut grapes into quarters. This changes the dangerous round shape that can block a young child’s throat.
    • Do not give toddlers other high risk foods, such as hard candy, nuts, seeds and raw carrots.
    • Never let small children run, play or lie down while eating.
    • Keep coins and other small items out of reach of young children at all times.
    • Carefully read warning labels on toys before giving them to young children.
    • To check if a part of a toy is too small, use a small parts test device, which is available at many toy stores.
    • Additionally, parents and caregivers should learn first aid for choking and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event a choking episode occurs.

At Seasons Medical, we know that you’re good parents. As part of our Why We Care initiative, we’re posting content that provides helpful reminders to keep you calm in everyday situations. Bring your children in for regular checkups, and talk to one of our 17 Board Certified Providers who can help you and your family on the road to better health.

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