Choking occurs when an object, food, or liquid blocks the airway, making it difficult or impossible to breathe. It can happen to anyone, but it is more common in young children and older adults.
Choking can be life-threatening and requires immediate intervention. Common signs and symptoms of choking include difficulty breathing or coughing, wheezing or noisy breathing, inability to speak or cry out, bluish skin or lips, and loss of consciousness.
If someone is choking, it is important to act quickly to clear the airway and restore breathing. The following steps can be taken:
Prevention is key to avoiding choking incidents. Some tips for preventing choking include:
It is important to note that some people, particularly those with disabilities or medical conditions that affect swallowing, may be at higher risk of choking. If you or a loved one has difficulty swallowing, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider to identify ways to reduce the risk of choking.