Recognising a choking infant or child

Recognising a choking infant or childbc_2010_rc_kids_076

  • Grasping at the throat area
  • Difficulty in breathing and speaking (in the case of a child)
  • Difficulty in crying or making a noise
  • Redness of the face
  • Eyes enlarged and watering
  • Displaying distress¬†


With a complete obstruction, the infant or child may show the above signs but also the skin colour may develop a blue/grey tinge. They will get progressively weaker and eventually they will become unconscious.

Be aware of foods that can cause choking, especially grapes. Cut them in half.