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Myth's of a choking child.

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

Scarily my experience of a choking child did not sound like choking or coughing at all. In fact the child was silent and going blue due to lack of oxygen as the wind pipe was blocked.

Luckily part of the registration of being an OFSTED registered Nanny is that I had to complete a Paediatric First Aid qualification. Without this training and being taught the incredibly important choking technique I dread to think what might have happened that day. And this is how my passion for the importance of First Aid grew.

Here is a quick reference to the danger signs of choking:

Older children may hold the neck with one or both hands, which is the universal sign for choking.

Struggling to breathe (gasping), coughing, gagging.

Bluish lips or skin.

Loss of consciousness (unresponsiveness) if blockage is not cleared.

Inability to cry or make much sound.

Weak, ineffective coughing.

Soft or high-pitched sounds while inhaling.

If a choking child can cry, speak, or cough forcibly, the airway is partially blocked.

For more information on Paediatric First Aid courses please contact Tiny Emergency on 07551 008 350 or email

Tiny Emergency’s courses reflect the First Aid ‘for everyone’ ethos and offers courses in Paediatric First Aid for everyone. From professionals working with children, to parents, expectant parents, grandparents, and all the wonderful family and friends that will care for your littles.  


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