Choking in the Under-5s

Choking in the under-5s is more common than many of us realise. Each day around 40 under-5s are rushed to hospital after choking on something or swallowing something dangerous (The Child Accident Prevention Trust). Would you recognise the signs of choking or know what to do to help?

My child choked on a grape aged 2. Thankfully, my Health Visitor neighbour who was visiting with with her grandchild, launched herself across the room and took action. I had no first aid training at the time and was very grateful for someone who had it.

Information about choking

We’re all aware that small objects and toys are a choking risk for young children but did you know that food is the most likely cause of choking? The worst thing about choking is it can be completely silent so there is no sound to warn you there is something wrong and it can be fatal.

Comprehensive information about preventing choking can be found on The Child Accident Prevention Trust’s website. This a charity working to the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.

Whilst we can do our best to try and prevent choking, would you recognise the signs or know how to act in the event of seeing them? I wouldn’t have known at the time.

Rosecroft Health and Safety’s first aid courses are socially distanced with one manikin per person
First aid

First Aid training teaches the signs of choking and how to deal with them. While we all hope that the situation will not arise where we need our first aid skills, knowing how to act and acting quickly really does save lives.

Take a look at first aid courses in your area. You will most likely find there are one and two day paediatric first aid qualification courses but if you don’t need a qualification you may find shorter in-house courses to meet your needs. You will also find online courses. These are usually the cheapest option but in our opinion a course you attend in person is better. Here you get hands on practice and can ask lots of questions.

Rosecroft Health and Safety’s first aid training in the Mill Hill area starts in January 2021. Group and one-to-one sessions are also available.

Lisa Dubow

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