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What to do if my child chokes due to a defective toy

Posted on November 21, 2014 3:00 pm under Product Liability

The largest restaurant chain, McDonald’s, is recalling millions of its Hello Kitty lollipop whistles that came free with every Happy Meal and Mighty Kids Meal after learning that its parts may detach and choke young children. Indeed, there are many defective toys across the country that place kids at risk of injuries due to choking and aspiration. In 2010 alone, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tragically documented 17 toy-related fatalities among children aged 15 years old and below.

If your child is choking due to a defective toy, it is important to seek medical help to dislodging the blockage. While waiting for medical assistance, you may try removing the blockage through these steps:

  • If your child is under one year old – Hold the baby with his face lying down and with his head lower than his bottom, support his head and neck by holding him over your forearm or your lap. Using your free hand, give the baby five quick blows between his shoulder blades
  • If your child is older than one year old – Stand behind him and wrap your arms around his waist. Make a fist on one hand, with the thumb facing the area between the child’s rib cage and navel. Repetitively push in and out to dislodge the blockage

If a defective toy in Milwaukee has harmed your child, seek the legal representation offered by our team of defective toys attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.