When Danika was a baby and started eating solid food I always worried about the possibility of her choking on something. I am a Registered Nurse and I wondered if, in the moment with my own child I would remember what to do to help her.
Today we were eating lunch and she had some chicken tenders. She is almost 2 years old and has done fine with eating and taking bites. I had broken the chicken in halves so she could bite it. I was in the kitchen getting my lunch prepared and heard her gasping for air in the dining room. I ran in and saw her turning blue and unable to breathe or cough trying so hard to get air. I pulled her out of her high chair and started giving her back blows to try and dislodge the food. Two pieces of chicken came flying out and she started crying. Thank God she could breathe again! She then started throwing up the rest of her food. She was very scared and upset afterward and I was very thankful that in that moment I knew what to do and was able to do it. It is emotional to even write this as I think of what could have happened if I didn’t know what to do or if it hadn’t worked. Life is so very fragile and it is important to know what to do if your child is choking.
After Danika had calmed down I was holding her and hugging her telling her she was okay. Thinking back to a couple of weeks ago when she had fallen off a stool in the kitchen and I caught her as she was falling, she looked up at me and said “mama always catch you”. I could’ve cried. She has so much faith in me that I will always be there to save her. Even at her young age she understands so much. I hope that I am always there to catch her although I know there will be times I am not.
I tell you this story because I hope that you will all be prepared if one of your children are choking. Take a class or at least read up on what to do if it should happen to you. Even as a Registered Nurse I feel it is different when it is your own child. It is important to feel that you can think clearly when it is happening and that you know the steps. I found a good article here that tells what to do if your child is choking. I hope you never need to use it! I thank God that my baby is okay!