What’s Right in the Video?
Nothing can panic a parent more than an emergency involving their children, especially something that is life threatening. Choking is a life-threatening event. Watch this video and see what was done right.
Back slaps! The off-duty police officer did the right thing. Yes, you read that correctly. We are all taught to do the Heimlich Maneuver when someone is choking. But babies are different. If you find an infant that is choking, take the little one in your arms. Lay the infant over one arm, face down. Hold them with their head lower than the rest of their body and give them firm pats on the back between the shoulder blades.
If the baby stops breathing, call 911, then turn them over and start CPR. For an infant, you want the compressions to be about ½ to 1 inch deep, at the rate of 104 – 120 per minute. Every 30 compressions, stop and administer two breaths of air, about a cheek puff full.
For more information, follow the guidelines of the Red Cross: