Choking On Saliva While Sleeping

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Definition

Choking is when an infant can't breathe because food, a toy, or other object is blocking the airway (throat or windpipe).


Considerations

A choking infant's airway may be completely or partially blocked. A complete blockage is a medical emergency. A partial obstruction can quickly become life threatening if the infant loses the ability to breathe in and out sufficiently.

Without oxygen, permanent brain damage can occur in as little as 4 minutes. Rapid first aid for choking can save a life.

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