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How can I help a child who is choking and has a completely blocked airway?

A conscious child who has a completely blocked airway needs immediate care.

Using more than one technique often is necessary to dislodge an object and clear a person’s airway.

A combination of 5 back blows followed by 5 abdominal thrusts provides an effective way to clear the airway obstruction.

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