Would you know how to save a choking baby?
Children younger than 3 are notorious for putting things in their mouth and sometimes, they end up swallowing things you could never imagine.
That’s why you should be careful keeping things around the home that are smaller than what can fit into a tube of a toilet paper roll, as mentioned here. Common things like coins, buttons, or hard candy should be kept out of reach among children younger than 3.
I watched a YouTube video on choking babies and CPR which gave me an idea of what to do – just in case. I want to share it with you.
When my son was about a year old, a piece of clear plastic was left on our carpet which we did not see. My son ended up putting it into his mouth.
My husband yelled, I think he put something in his mouth!
I had my son open his mouth, so I could look inside and grab it before he choked. I saw the piece of plastic for a second before he swallowed it.
I tried to see if I could somehow pull it out, but it was impossible. There was no way I could grab it because I couldn’t even see it, but I knew it was still there.
My poor baby was turning red and gagging over and over again, as we both tried to assist him.
Eventually, he ended up throwing it up!
Thankfully, the plastic was able to be dislodged, but in a more serious choke, it could have been deadly.
Save a Choking Baby
Although you should take a class, if you can’t get into one right away, at least watch a video or study up on what to do beforehand.
The Chokeables is a 40-second British video that circulated some time ago. I watched this video during pregnancy and it is a great way to get an overview of what to do.
The Chokeables is a short animated film that has already saved countless babies!
Also, here’s a First Aid PDF from the American Red Cross on children. There’s a lot of useful information here too.
I’m not a medical expert. Just a parent who cares and thinks that the video might be worth a good 40 seconds of your life. I want to share this information with you for the “just in case” moment we all hope never happens to us.
Have you seen The Chokeables video before? Do you have a choking story you’d like to tell?