Choking is breathing difficulty due to an airway obstruction, although in common usage it may refer to almost any type of extreme breathing difficulty (e.g. respiratory failure, “air hunger”). Common causes of choking include foreign body inhalation of food (or toys in children), and asthma attack, but there are ...

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Choking occurs when a foreign body (eg. a mouthful of food) partly or completely blocks a person's airway making breathing difficult. Choking is a medical emergency. If the object causing the blockage cannot be easily removed call 000 immediately. ...Source: Queensland Health1 ...

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Airway Obstructions: Various types of airway obstructions can cause choking. The airway may have a physical blockage due to a foreign body, or the airways may swell internally due to inflammation from some allergen or toxin, which constricts or closes ...

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Causes of Choking

Suffocation (being unable to breathe)

  • Infants are most likely to suffocate while they sleep.
  • Toddlers are most at risk from suffocating by choking on food or other small objects.

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Causes List for Choking

Possible causes of Choking (or similar symptoms) may include:3

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Clinical Features of Choking

Signs and Symptoms: The signs and symptoms of choking may vary according to the severity of the obstruction and the object itself:

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Treatments for Choking

Management: The following information is not a substitute for first aid training. It is recommended that everybody undertake a first aid course, such that in the event of an emergency, you have been trained to manage the situation. If the ...4

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Prevention of Choking


  • Place infants on their backs to sleep.
  • Use a crib or a bassinet for infants.
  • Do not let infants sleep in the same bed as parents.
  • Keep soft objects, such as toys or bedding, out of cribs.
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  1. Source: Queensland Health: HealthCondition/ condition/ 1/ 87/ 257/ choking
  2. Source: NICHD (NIH): health/ topics/ pediatric/ conditioninfo/ Pages/ causes.aspx
  3. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  4. Source: Queensland Health: HealthCondition/ condition/ 1/ 87/ 257/ choking

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