Act immediately and calmly


Unconscious child with chocking

If a choking child is, or becomes unconscious, put them on a firm flat surface.

  • Call out or send for help if you are still alone.
  • Don’t leave the child at this stage.
  • Open the child’s mouth. If the object is clearly visible, and you can grasp it easily, remove it.
  • Start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Don’t use blind or repeated finger sweeps. These can push the object further in, making it harder to remove and cause more injury to the child.

Source: NHS Choices