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What to Do if You Choke?

What to Do if You Choke?

What should you do if food is stuck in your windpipe?

Do the Heimlich manoeuvre

  • Place a fist slightly above your navel
  • Grasp your fist with the other hand and bend over a hard surface like a countertop or chair
  • Shove your fist inward and upward

Head to the Accident & Emergency Department where a doctor can remove the obstruction.

What should you do if food is stuck in your food pipe?

  • Drink water to try moving it down (if not bones or hard objects)
  • Do not attempt to remove bones and hard objects as they may injure the throat
  • Head to the A&E Department where a doctor can remove the obstruction
  • Specialised equipment can remove food stuck deep in the throat

Parkway East Hospital 24-hour A&E helpline: +65 6340 8666

Content reviewed by Dr Dennis Chua, ear, nose and throat specialist

This infographic was first published on Health Plus.