A MEDIC has issued a strong warning to parents about the dangers of nuts to young children by sharing a disturbing video.
The clip posted by a first aid organization on Instagram Education for little heartsshows a peanut being removed from a little girl’s lungs.
The nut got stuck in the infant’s airway – officially known as aspiration.
This occurs when something accidentally enters the airway tube and travels down to the lungs, rather than entering the esophagus and traveling down to the stomach.
Luckily, medics were able to recover the snack through an endoscopy.
Nikki Jurcutz, founder and paramedic of Tiny Hearts said, “This is a great reminder of why we don’t say whole nuts for kids under the age of five.”
Aspiration can cause serious health problems such as lung infectionbecause the foreign material in the lungs can affect oxygen levels and damage lung tissue.
According to the NHS, aspiration pneumonia can happen after accidentally breathing in something, such as such a small piece of food.
It is important to note that there is a difference between aspiration and gagging, which means something is getting stuck in the airway that is either partially or completely blocking airflow.
Aspiration, on the other hand, is when a foreign material in the lungs affects oxygen levels and causes damage to lung tissue.
The little ones will show aspiration with a mild airway obstruction where the child will cough and stutter.
The foreign material, e.g. B. a nut, then gets into the lungs.
However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, call 999 or go to the emergency room:
- Swallowing or blocked airway
- noisy breathing
- bluish skin or nails
- chest pain
Aspiration symptoms don’t always appear immediately — they can take hours or days to develop.
See a doctor if the following symptoms appear after aspiration:
- a fever
- increased mucus production
- chronic cough
- cough up blood
- foul smelling mucus
WHAT TO DO
In a previous video, the first-aid expert says parents need to encourage their child to cough if they have a partial aspiration disorder.
With young children, you should demonstrate coughing and show them what to do.
If they cannot clear the obstruction, you should call 999.
If it’s cleared but your child is still showing signs, you should call 111 or see a doctor right away.
For children with severe aspiration disorders, you must call 999 immediately.
To clear the obstruction, Nikki explained that you need to give five back punches and check the airway after each punch.
If the airway is still blocked, you need to deliver five chest pushes, checking the airway after each one.
You should continue this pattern until the obstacle is removed. If your child becomes unconscious, you should begin CPR.
HOW TO PERFORM CPR ON A CHILD
Here is St John Ambulance‘s ultimate guide to first aid for parents…
- knock it out:
- Place the baby face down on your thigh and support his head
- Give five back punches between your shoulder blades
- Turn her over and check her mouth each time
2. Express it:
- Turn the baby face up and support him on your thigh
- Place two fingers in the center of her chest just below the nipple line; Press down to perform up to five sharp chest thrusts
- Check your mouth every time
3. If the item does not detach, call 999 or 112 for emergency assistance
- Take the baby with you when you call
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 until help arrives
- Start CPR if baby is unresponsive (unconscious)
1. Cough it up
- Encourage the sufferer to keep coughing if they can
2. Knock it out
- Lean them forward and support them with one hand
- Give five strong back punches between the shoulder blades
- Check his mouth each time, but don’t put your fingers in his mouth
3. Express it
- Stand behind her with your arms around her waist, with a clenched fist between her belly button and the bottom of her chest
- With the other hand, grasp the fist and vigorously pull in and up, performing up to five abdominal thrusts
- Check her mouth every time
4. Call 999 or 112 for emergency assistance if the object does not detach
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until help arrives
- Start CPR if person is unresponsive (unconscious)
5. Always seek medical advice when using abdominal thrusts