Children and adults with developmental disabilities have a higher risk of choking compared to the general population.
Risk Factors Include:
Some medical conditions that increase a person’s risk of choking are:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Seizure disorders
- Neurological and muscular disorders
- Down Syndrome
- Brain Injury
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Inability to swallow certain food textures and liquids
- Medication side effects which decrease voluntary muscles
- Dysphasia (difficulty swallowing)
Other contributing factors include:
Eat or drink too fast
Have poor posture when eating
Swallow non-edible objects (PICA)
The following foods put people at greater risk:
- Hotdogs served whole
- Hard candy
- Raw carrots
Teaching Material on Choking
Arizona Department of Economic Security
Eunice Kennedy Shriver-Dysphasia, Aspiration and Choking
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
New York State Choking Prevention Resources
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
State Agencies Choking Alerts
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
Minnesota Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
New Jersey Health and Safety Alert Choking
This week is CPR/AED Awareness Week sponsored by the American Heart Association.
What is CPR?
CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. It is a technique used when a person’s heartbeat and breathing has stopped. CPR combines the use of chest compressions and rescue breathing. This procedure when done correct can save a person’s life by restoring blood flow to the heart and brain.
What if You Do Not Know CPR?
The American Red Cross suggest using “hands only CPR.” this involves no mouth -to-mouth techniques and giving the person chest compressions only.
Here are some links that demonstrate the use of CPR:
CPR in three easy steps
How to perform CPR: The crucial steps you should know
CPR Steps for adults
CPR Steps for Children (1-8 years old)
If you are like me and prefer a visual demonstration, please see the clip below:
AED Fact Sheet
American Heart Association
CPR Facts and Statistics
Hands only Infograhic