Babies with GERD can choke; a bulb syringe should be immediately available to help clear the airway if necessary. If the baby is coughing, nothing should be done, because the cough is the most effective way to clear the airway. If the baby stops breathing or stops making any sound, CPR techniques for infants (babies) should be used. These maneuvers are covered in pediatric first aid with CPR courses such as the American Academy of Pediatrics course Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (

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Source: Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide.

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