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If child is 1 to 8 years old and conscious:
1. For an older child, ask, "Is something stuck in your throat?" If the child nods yes, ask, "Can you speak?" If the child shakes his head or cannot make any sound, try to keep him calm by telling him you are going to help. For a younger child, look for signs of choking described under "What to look for" (above).
2. Perform "abdominal thrusts" to try to remove the object:
3. Repeat abdominal thrusts until the object is expelled or the child becomes unconscious. If the child becomes unconscious, proceed to Step 1 below.
If child is 1 to 8 years old and unconscious:
1. See if you can rouse the child: Tap on his foot, rub his back or shout.
2. If the child doesn't respond, do the following:
Never feed a child under 3 years uncut hot dogs, hard candy, nuts, grapes, popcorn or raw carrots. Keep out of reach any items that are easy to choke on, such as coins, beads, disc batteries, pills and vitamins, and small toys and balls.
Cut up any food not soft enough to dissolve in the mouth, such as meat (including hot dogs), into fingertip-size pieces.