Most people know how to do the Heimlich maneuver. But would you know how to help a child if they were choking? What about an infant?
Newly released body camera video shows two Ohio cops saving a choking baby. On Tuesday, Officers Alex Oklander and Ryan Sidders were in the town of Shaker Heights when they sprang into action to save the 2-month-old from choking. Sidders turned the infant over and started tapping her back. Then, his partner hit baby Tyra a bit harder to try and get out whatever was caught in her throat. The infant’s mom, Tamica Pruitte, looked terrified, but the tactic worked and the baby started breathing.
So if you saw a choking infant, would you know what to do? Use the heel of your hand to administer firm back blows between the shoulder blades. Then, using one finger or pinky, you can do a quick scoop or swipe inside the mouth to grab any object that comes up.