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What to Do If Your Baby Chokes

Choking on solid foods and other objects is especially dangerous for your baby. You will need to respond quickly. Follow these steps:

Chest Thrusts
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Chest thrusts are done if the object does not come out after five back slaps.

The American Heart Association offers infant CPR and other first aid classes. By educating yourself, you can keep your baby safe. It is also a good idea to make sure that everyone who cares for your baby knows CPR and first aid.


American Heart Association

March of Dimes


Canadian Paediatric Society

Health Canada


Berg MD, Schexnayder SM, Chameides L, Terry M, Donoghue A, Hickey RW, Berg RA, Sutton RM, Hazinski MF. Pediatric basic life support: 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Pediatrics. 2010 Nov;126(5):e1345-60.

Pediatric first aid/CPR/AED. American Red Cross website. Available at: Published 2011. Accessed April 7, 2016.

Last reviewed April 2016 by Michael Woods, MD  Last Updated: 5/20/2014