12-Month Checkup: Healthy Kids Series

This parenting information is part of the "Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures" series. These fact sheets may be given out by Group Health at routine checkups.


For children 1 to 3 years old:

Here's a guide for how much to offer your child:

Healthy Habits



If Your Child Is Choking

These steps are for children aged 1 and older.

If your child is coughing but is also crying or speaking, call your health care provider. After hours, call the Consulting Nurse Service.

If your child is choking and cannot breathe, start rescue efforts and call 911.

The Heimlich Maneuver

  1. Place thumbside of your fist against middle of abdomen just above the belly button. Grasp your fist with other hand.
  2. Give up to 5 quick upward thrusts.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until object is coughed up or until child starts to breathe.

If child becomes unconscious, make sure someone has called 911 and start CPR.

Take a CPR training class for more information. Contact a local Red Cross Office or the American Heart Association.

To prevent choking, do not let your child have:

Suggested Resources


Suggested reading

Next well-child visit: 15 to 18 months

Adapted with permission from Kaiser Permanente.

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Clinical review by Emily Chao, DO
Group Health
Reviewed 04/01/2013