How long should I give care to a choking child?

When providing care, each back blow and abdominal thrust should be a separate and distinct attempt to dislodge the obstruction.

Continue sets of 5 back blows and 5 abdominal thrusts until the:
  • Object is dislodged
  • Child can cough forcefully, speak or breathe
  • Child becomes unconscious

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