Prefer sitting upright with neck extended and face tilted slightly upward in a “sniffing” position to be able to breathe

While waiting for an ambulance, don‘t attempt to examine your child’s throat, place anything inside their mouth or lay them on their back make their symptoms worse.

Keep them calm ,try not to cause panic or distress.

Fatal if throat becomes completely blocked.

Pressing on the tongue to look down the throat may cause the epiglottis to swell even more and further block the airway.

Signs and symptoms

fever with chills,

high-pitched whistling sound when breathing (stridor),

difficulty breathing,

difficulty in swallowing


refusing to eat,

muffled or hoarse voice,

scratchy and sore throat


reduced when leaning forward