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Asphyxia - choking, strangulation and suffocation

Choking, strangulation and suffocation are all examples of asphyxia.

Asphyxia happens when someone can't breathe properly and oxygen can't get to the body's organs.

It is one of the most common causes of childhood deaths.

Call 999 or 112 if a child is having breathing difficulties or any other medical emergency.

You can prevent the risk of many incidents of asphyxiation if you know what hazards to look out for.

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page last reviewed: 17/05/2019
next review due: 17/05/2022