Preventing Choking

Monday, August 06, 2012

Have you ever gotten a piece of food stuck in your throat or swallowed your drink down the wrong pipe? Thats choking and it can be fatal. Dr. Edward Hill explains some things you can do to lessen your risk of choking in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

When someone is truly choking it means food or an object is completely blocking the airway and air cannot flow into and out of the lungs. The person cannot cough the object out and cannot breathe, talk or even make noise.

Here are some steps you can take to lessen your chances of choking.

Dont drink too much alcohol before eating. It may dull your senses, and you might not chew food properly or might try to swallow too large a portion of food.

Take small bites. Cut meat into small pieces. Chew your food thoroughly.

Do not give popcorn, nuts or hard candy to children younger than 4.

Do not give young children small objects that may cause choking, such as marbles or jacks.

Do not let your child play with a toy if he or she is younger than the recommended age for the toy.

Keep balloons and plastic bags away from any child who may put them in his or her mouth.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.