How to help choking victim. If another person is available, have that person call for help while you perform first aid. Compress the chest about 2 inches deep, 30 times, at a rate of at least per minute while counting aloud. Is this comment offensive? Young children often swallow small objects. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: A Anonymous Sep 24, Report Abusive Comment Thank you for helping us to improve our forums. But if the person can't cough, speak or breathe, ask the person if he or she is choking.