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Dog choking but still breathing
Question asked by: JLF
I have a 4 yr old boy that has had some episodes of being on the floor choking and then having difficulty breathing. I have read all the materials but I am still a bit concerned about what happens next? How long does it take for them to get up off the floor. Can you choke to death if your not breathing? Do you think there is anything I should be doing? We do not currently have an infant to look after. Thanks.
There are a number of different things that could happen when a child is choking. The choking could be brought on by: a swallow of food (the throat swells up, the rway is narrowed), a toy becoming lodged in the rway (as could happen with a pacifier, if the child is too young to grasp the pacifier properly, or if the pacifier is a hard plastic one), or some other form of foreign object going down the rway (eg. a toy, food particles, etc.). Some children do not get up off the floor after they are able to breathe agn. Others will cough, get a "sneeze", go red, or otherwise make some sort of reaction. They may cough and vomit but their breathing may continue to be labored. In some cases, they may have an abnormal heart rhythm (irregular breathing). If any of these occur, they need to be carefully examined by a doctor. Most choking episodes are over in minutes or hours.
If you feel like your child may be choking, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
As a general rule, most choking episodes are over in minutes or hours. However, if your child is having difficulty breathing and there are no other reactions, you will likely have to wt for a minute or two. While wting, you can continue to watch your child, or look for a toy or other object that may be choking them. For young children, if they are very young, one possible source for their choking would be a pacifier that has come loose and is in their rway. For children who have not yet developed the ability to grasp a pacifier, or who are too young to grasp a pacifier, or if they have an abnormally soft or very thick neck, they are more likely to choke on a piece of food or a toy, or a foreign object.
If your child seems to have difficulty breathing after the episode has ended, you will need to have your child examined by a doctor. They will check to see if they are having any other reactions to the episode, and whether their heart is in a normal rhythm.
Your child may seem more anxious after a choking episode, but this is normal. Anxious children often feel more pressure on their necks and chests. If your child seems to be having a difficult time breathing and has any other signs of distress, you should call 911 or take your child to a doctor immediately.
There are several signs that your child is choking. While the following signs are normal, they may indicate that your child is having a choking episode. Call 911 if your child has any of the following signs:
A weak or abnormal voice
A weak pulse
The child is choking, or choking agn
The child can’t speak
If your child is having a choking episode and there is no danger to your child, he or she will likely be fine in a few minutes. If your child seems to be having difficulty breathing, or if you have any reason to believe that your child is having trouble breathing, it is important to get emergency help immediately.
While wting for emergency help to arrive, make sure that your child’s rway is clear. Clear any mucus or food from your child’s mouth. You may need to use your fingers or a washcloth to clean your child’s mouth.
Your child should be lying down during the choking episode, but if the choking was due to a seizure or some other reason, the child may be standing or kneeling. You should check your child’s eyes to see if they are well opened and clear, and their pupils do not seem fixed and dilated. If your child’s eyes seem to be fixed and dilated, you will need to call 911. If they seem to be well opened and clear, you may be able to determine whether or not they are feeling well enough to stand or kneel without assistance.
You may be able to help your child breathe if his or her mouth or nose is blocked. If the blockage is due to a seizure, you should not try to clear it with your fingers. Instead, you will need to clear it with a Q-tip or other device that does not have any liquid on it.
Some of the things you see and hear will help calm you and your child. You may hear your child coughing, spluttering, or moaning. You may even hear your child’s teeth clenching together. This is a very normal part of the choking episode. Breathing difficulty may be accompanied by your child’s coughing. Your child may look like he or she is gasping for r, but this is normal as well. If your child is having difficulty breathing, the choking episode will likely be over in a few minutes.
You can calm yourself by remembering that the choking episode will pass and your child will likely be fine. It’s important to stay calm. If you start to feel like you’re going to pass out, put your child in the recovery position. You should hold him or her tight while you place your arms under their shoulders. This will help both of you stay calm and safe.
If your child seems to have trouble breathing, or if you don’t know whether he or she is breathing or choking, call 911.
If you have a child that is choking, you should remn calm and try to look for the following indicators.
If your child is coughing, he or she is likely still able to breathe.
Your child’s tongue may be swollen. If this is the case, your child is likely to be breathing well. This swelling may be due to a severe bout of vomiting.
If your child’s eyes seem well-opened and clear, he or she is probably okay. If you don’t have a mirror, have your child look in the other direction.
If your child is having trouble breathing, take a few slow, deep breaths. Your child’s lungs will start to work agn.
If your child has difficulty breathing, do not leave him or her alone and try to comfort your child by talking and rocking. Your child may become disoriented and agitated.
How should you treat a child who has been choking?
The best treatment for a child who is choking is to stay calm and move quickly. If your child has been eating or drinking before the choking incident, remove anything that can make him or her choke.
Some other things you should do while your child is choking include the following:
Make sure that your child is standing up. If your child is laying down, it may be harder to get him or her back upright, and the child may choke.
Make sure that the choking child is lying on his