What to do if a child chokes: how to remove a foreign body from the respiratory tract or throat without harming the baby13.09.2022
How can something go down the wrong throat?
Children, especially babies, having barely learned to crawl actively, drag any object that falls into their field of vision into their mouths – this is a common thing and a subject of daily concern for all parents. The smaller this object, the more likely it is that the baby may choke (or choke) while trying to swallow it.
However, babies choke more often and more strongly than older children and adults, not only because they have the habit of swallowing everything “that lies badly”. But also because the structure of their body is still different from the structure of the body of everyone else.
Namely: an adult has a special cartilage – the epiglottis – which, at the time of swallowing, blocks the entrance to the windpipe, thus preventing liquid, pieces of food, or anything else other than air from entering the respiratory tract (as people who are far from medicine say – “not that throat”).
But even in adults, this process does not always work clearly and smoothly (otherwise none of us would know what it is like to choke or choke). In young children, the synchronization of swallowing and protection of the windpipe with the help of the epiglottic cartilage has not yet been formed at all.