The technique of chewing and swallowing has posed a challenge to most infants. That is why they take a lot of time mastering the technique. Due to this, health conditions of most infants are put into risk due to small airways they have which blocks them from swallowing food that is given to them. This can lead to the choking of an infant hence putting their life at risk.
Having the knowledge of choking hazards is very important because;
You will learn what causes infant choking.
What risks the infant can encounter when choked or suffocated.
Steps to be taken in case such a situation occurs
How to prevent the problem.
Where to seek help when need arises.
Choking is as a way of being choked or suffocated. There is need for Parents and Caregivers of Infants to learn on how to handle this matter in case something of the sort happens. Going through this pamphlet, will highlight to you what leads to infants choking, how they can be affected, what to do when the problem occurs, how to prevent it and where to seek help when need arises.
HOW CHOKING CAN AFFECT THE HEALTH OR SAFETY OF INFANTS
Choking is a major health risk to infants of late. This is because they have a small airways or tracts that obstruct the flowing of food when trying to swallow it. The infants are affected because they lack the needed experience of chewing and swallowing food. When infant has been choked, they lack energy that will enable them to cough forcefully so as to remove what has stuck on their airways. This situation may lead to the death of the infant.
RECCOMENDATIONS ON ACCIDENT PREVENTION & SAFETY PROMOTION OF INFANTS
Parents should know when the child should start taking solid foods which should be at least when they are 4 months of age.
Infants should avoid small slippery foods, dry foods and sticky or tough foods.
Never allow the infants to play, talk, walk or run while eating since this one puts them at risk.
Keep-off latex balloons, small balls, marbles, and adult toys from reach of the infants.
Keep off hazardous objects out of reach i.e. safety pins, coins, pens, buttons, baby powders & bottle tops.
STEPS TO TAKE WHEN THIS CONDITION ARISES
Food and small particles may lead to choking of an infant.
When an infant has been choked, hold the infant face down on your forearm then thump firmly on the middle of the back using the heel of your hand.
If the problem persists, then you should seek medical advice.