Health Beat with Dr. Alicia Arnold: Choking

Have you ever had something go “down the wrong pipe”? It can be scary and cause lots of coughing, but you can usually make a quick recovery.

If a person is truly choking, he or she cannot breathe or talk because the trachea, or windpipe, is completely blocked. If you know how to respond, you could help save a life.

Lindsay: What are some common foods children choke on?

Dr. Arnold: Hot dogs, nuts, grapes, chunks of cheese, and hard candy are a few examples. Small toys and coins are other common non-food items kids choke on.

Lindsay: What can parents do to lower the risk of choking in kids?

Dr. Arnold: Remind your children not to run with food in their mouths. Don’t allow them to throw food up in the air and catch it in their mouths. Always supervise your kids while they are eating and remind them to take small bites.

Click on the video clip above to watch a demonstration of the heimlich maneuver.

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