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"The reason it's so important for all parents to be CPR trained is because minutes count," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "Within four minutes [without oxygen], a baby's brain can start to have permanent damage. Those seconds count."
To perform the Heimlich Maneuver, stand behind the choking victim, wrap your arms around them, clench your hands together to create a balled fist, and then place your hands between their bellybutton and ribcage. Finally, pull and thrust inward and upward to push the air out of the lungs.
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears cautions that the Heimlich maneuver can actually harm a baby’s liver or spleen, so if an infant is under the age of one and choking, do back blows instead.
• Dr. Sears demonstrates the correct way to perform CPR on a baby.
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Founder of safetymom.com, Alison Rhodes, says that choking on small objects is the leading cause of accidents and deaths related to children’s toys. “Rule of thumb: if it fits through a toilet paper roll, it’s dangerous. Keep it away.”
She suggests that parents sign up with the Consumer Products Safety Commission to receive timely e-mail alerts for toy recalls and other important safety information.