Heimlich Maneuver for Adults and Children (1-8 Years of Age)

When you choke, you can't speak or breathe and you need help immediately. Follow these steps to save yourself from choking:

graphic demonstrating the Heimlich Maneuver

Alternatively, you can lean over a fixed horizontal object (table edge, chair, railing) and press your upper abdomen against the edge to produce a quick upward thrust. Repeat until object is expelled.

Unconscious victim, or when a rescuer cannot reach around victim.

graphic demonstrating the Heimlich Maneuver

A choking victim can't speak or breathe and needs your help immediately. Call 9-1-1 and follow these steps to help a conscious choking victim:

graphic demonstrating the Heimlich Maneuver