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How to Give the Heimlich Maneuver

A foreign body in a child's respiratory tract can be a life-threatening condition because it can lead to choking, and eventually respiratory arrest. Learn how to save a life with the Heimlich Maneuver.

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Stand behind the child and wrap your arms around her waist. Make a fist with one hand and place it just above the child's belly button, but well below the breast bone. The thumb side of the fist should be facing the child's belly. Grasp your fist with your other hand and give a quick upward thrust into the belly by pulling upward forcefully towards the child's nose. Do this 5 times in a row. You will need to use more force for a large child and less for a small child. Repeat thrust and back blows until the object pops out or the child faints. If the child stops breathing and becomes unresponsive, begin CPR immediately. Have someone call 911 while you begin the Heimlich maneuver.