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HOW TO PREVENT CHOKING ON FISH BONES

The Health Promotion Board provides some general advice for parents to prevent their children from choking on fish bones:

  • Do not feed children while they are crying or lying flat.
  • Remind children not to play, talk or laugh while eating.
  • Check food carefully for bones before feeding.

IF A BONE IS SWALLOWED...

Dr Ng Siau Peng, a general practitioner with Frontier Healthcare, suggests the following measures:

  • Stop eating and drink some water.
  • If pain or discomfort persists, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Do not swallow large amounts of rice in an attempt to dislodge the bone - it may worsen the condition by pushing the bone deeper.

KK Women's and Children's Hospital advises that children who have swallowed a bone may complain of pain in the throat only after a few hours.

Parents should immediately take the child to the accident & emergency department where an X-ray and special instruments will be used to find and remove the bone.