Know the signs and how to act in case of choking
According to Injury Facts 2014, choking is the eighth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths. Foods are responsible for most choking incidents. Choking can cause a simple coughing fit or something more serious like a complete block in the airway, which can lead to death. A few simple behaviors can keep you and your loved ones from choking such as chewing food slowly and not drinking too much alcohol.
- Choking Infants and Children
Choking hazards for children include food, toys and household items. Signs of a choking child include: difficulty breathing, a weak cry or cough, bluish skin color, loss of consciousness or inability to make a sign/high pitched sounds while inhaling. To prevent choking in children, keep small objects out of reach, cut food into small pieces and keep hard candy away from children.
- Choking in Older Adults
In older adults, having dentures and difficulty with swallowing can increase their risk of choking. Older adults who live alone may not have the help they need if they choke. A choking adult will be coughing or gagging, wheezing, may pass out or turn blue.