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Why is choking an urgent concern for children under 5?

Choking is a common cause of injury and death in children younger than 5. 

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How do I give chest compressions to an unconscious choking adult?
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Locate the correct hand position for chest compressions. Use the same technique that is used for...
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How can coughing help a choking child?
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Coughing forcefully may dislodge whatever is partially blocking the airway. A child who is getting e...
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How do I clear a blocked airway?
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The action to clear a blocked airway is an abdominal thrust, also called the Heimlich maneuver. ...
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What do I do if my rescue breaths do not give air to an unconscious child?
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Re-tilt the head, and try another rescue breath. If you still cannot get air into the child, assume ...
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