You don’t want to think about the worst, but it’s important to be prepared. When my youngest daughter choked on a piece of food and started coughing up blood, I panicked. Luckily, she was fine. But what if that wasn’t the case? What are you supposed to do in those situations? There’s only one way to find out: read this blog post.
Most people know that you should never try to force food, liquids, or anything else back up through your airway (backwards). However, just because something has gone down the wrong way does not mean it will cause an immediate choking hazard.
The most important thing is to find out if there’s a blockage in the person’s throat and give them some time to be able to cough their own food/liquid bits up before moving on from this step of first aid. This is where the three finger technique comes in handy: using one hand as support for underneath someone’s chin and with two fingers held together, use these digits inserted into your loved ones mouth in order.