Choking is a frightening event. Parents of small children and infants are ever-vigilant to what their child ingests, and people who live alone worry about what would happen if they started choking. The caretakers of elderly or disabled people are also aware of this threat. Luckily, many practical steps can be taken when someone is choking to prevent the situation from turning life-threatening.


1. Signs of Choking

The first way to identify whether someone is choking is to look for typical signs, including

  • Grabbing at the throat or neck
  • Gasping for air
  • Bluish or grayish coloring
  • Struggling to speak or make a sound

Victims may also instinctively attempt to cough or strike their chest in an attempt to dislodge the blockage.

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