This morning, my kids were sitting at the table eating breakfast – Blueberry muffins, fresh raspberries, blackberries and organic seedless grapes.
Just as I was thinking to myself how awesome I was for managing to feed my kids something other than frozen waffles for once, my 7-year-old son gets up out of his chair and exclaims, with a full mouth, “I finished my grapes all at once!”
Then he took a breath in and stopped. He looked at me with wide eyes and then grabbed his neck with both hands. I could tell he had inhaled a grape. His face turned red and he was clearly frightened.
He was choking.
As quickly as I could I slammed on his back with my hand, but he was still choking. I went behind him, wrapped my arms around his stomach and started thrusting his abdomen with my arms.
Suddenly, he spit the grape out on the floor and said “It’s out, mum. It’s out”.
EXHALE. Thank goodness.
It was THE scariest. moment. of. my. life.
After the incident, I was collecting my thoughts and it occurred to me that I didn’t really know what to do in a choking situation. I mean, I did the right thing (thank goodness) but I didn’t really think about what I was doing while I was doing it. I remember watching videos about how to save a choking infant, but I couldn’t exactly remember all the details, or if it was the same for a choking child.
I immediately refreshed my memory on what to do when a baby or child is choking, and I think it’s important to refresh your memory too. It’s always important to keep up to date on these things.
So, here’s the video that made the rounds last year on how to save a choking infant, courtesy of St. John Ambulance.
And here’s a great article about how to save children older than 1 year old, toddlers and older children. Get to the article by clicking HERE.
Also, remember that grapes can be very dangerous for small children. To avoid choking, you can cut the grapes in half before serving them to your child. NEVER give whole grapes to infants – always cut them into small pieces (and only when they are old enough to handle solid foods).
(Disclaimer: Always consult your doctor or a health professional about what/how to feed your baby or child, and about how to care for yourself or others in emergency situations).