Toddler airway obstruction

Richard Pass, RN Registered Nurse, shares advice for parents on how to remove and treat an airway obstruction in your child
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Toddler airway obstruction

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The removal of an airway obstruction in a toddler or an older child, has similar kinds of consequences. We must get it out in a very short time frame. However, the recommendation in older children is to use the diaphragm or the muscle that supports breathing. The diaphragm sits right here by the lungs. What we do here, and this is similar to how we would manage an adult, take just the lower part of your heal and put it on the belly, right up from the belly button; pull up and in at the same time. That drives the air pockets in the lungs toward the offending object. Hopefully, knocks it out. That's the goal. Should this not work and the person should become lifeless or unconscious, that person gets put on the ground, and we start pumping that chest, doing the same CPR.

Richard Pass, RN Registered Nurse, shares advice for parents on how to remove and treat an airway obstruction in your child

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Richard Pass, RN, BS, was born in Los Angeles. He studied nursing in Portland, Oregon and has since practiced nursing for 35 years, including ICU, Emergency, and Cardiology nursing. Richard started his CPR & Family Safety educational company, Save a Little Life, Inc., in 1999. With Save a Little Life, Inc., Richard presents house calls and classes all over the Los Angeles area. He teaches medical-surgical nursing at California State University, and is married with two grown children and one grandchild.

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