Myth: clearing a child’s throat with your fingers will stop them choking
Reality: a Red Cross survey found this is what 53 per cent of parents would do. Yet placing fingers into the throat could cause damage to the child’s throat.
What to do: stand or kneel behind your child and give up to five blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. Check the mouth quickly after each one and remove any obvious obstruction. If the obstruction is still present, give up to five abdominal thrusts (place a clenched fist above the naval and pull inwards and upwards).