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Dr. Kennedy Choking. i.e. partial or complete obstruction of the airway can be due to a foreign body (e.g., food, a toy, etc.) is marked by the onset of respiratory distress, usually a sudden cough. There is often agitation in the early stage of airway obstruction. The signs of respiratory distress include labored, ineffective breathing until the person is no longer breathing. In the case of complete obstruction loss of consciousness occurs, usually within five minutes, if the obstruction is not relieved. Treatment of airway obstruction due to a foreign body in adults is best done by the Heimlich maneuver. Children over 1 year of age shold receive a series of 5 abdominal thrusts (a children's version of the Heimlich maneuver. Infants under 1 year of age, the formula is a combination of 5 back blows (with the flat of the hand) and 5 abdominal thrusts (with 2 fingers on the upper abdomen). Inverting the infant may assist in dislodging an obstruction. Most hospitals offer classes on proper technique. Everyone should attend these classes.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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