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Choking

 

Most babies choke sometime. They may choke on food or milk or water, or it may be due to a baby putting a small object like a nut, button or bead into his mouth.
Choking is caused by any substance entering the windpipe. This causes coughing, which is a natural way of getting rid of the object.

But if the coughing continues and the object is not coughed out, pat the back of the child with his head down. This will usually dislodge the object.
If the child continues to choke take him for medical advice. Small objects like popcorn, nuts and hard candies, or objects like buttons and beads should be kept away from the child.

 


 
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