Do You Know How to Save Your Child from Choking?
A new viral video starring “The Chokeables” is teaching parents this life-saving skill
There’s nothing scarier than watching a baby choke. And it happens more often than you might think. According to the Mayo Clinic it’s because babies’ airways are small and therefore easily obstructed by food (think hot dogs and grapes) and small objects (such as marbles and wee parts from toys).
If your baby were choking, would you know what to do? In a recent survey by St John Ambulance, a first-aid charity in England that aims “to teach everyone simple, life-saving skills,” nearly four-fifths of parents who witnessed their child choking didn’t.
So the organization put out a 40-second video clip starring “The Chokeables” — animated objects (voiced by British actors) that pose a choking hazard for kids. The characters teach parents, simply and quickly, how to help a baby or young child in distress by using back blows and chest thrusts.
Many parents might be tempted to reach into their child’s throat to remove the obstruction, but that could forcer the object deeper down. This video conveys the proper technique.
It ends by asking viewers to “Please share with other humans.” So we did.