My child was sitting across the dinner table from me and she started choking.
From one parent to another if you have not taken a CPR course please consider doing so, especially after reading this story.
I don’t get freaked out by blood as I’ve worked as a lifeguard instructor since the age of 15, and have taught CPR and first aid classes over the years.
But when it comes to your own children the situation takes an entirely different perspective.
My husband had been deployed and I was sitting across from my only child last night as she started choking.
This is was not just a coughing incident, she was choking and something was lodged in her throat where she could not breathe.
It wasn’t a case of something went down the wrong way but more importantly, she is all right again now.
She coughed once and then followed a high-pitched for some referred to as stridor. Then there was silence her eyes opened wide as she became very frightened.
In a normal situation I would know exactly what to do but panic set in as this was my child.
She almost fell off the chair as she tried to come around to my side of the table.
I practically jumped over to her as her hands were grasped around her neck indicating she was choking.
I asked if she was able to cough saying “honey please cough “and then I hit her across the back.
As she shook her head at me indicating she couldn’t cough for a while, even more, with the fright.
I took to my knees and performed the children’s version of the Heimlich maneuver but nothing happened.
Squeezing my daughters body as she was unable to breathe while choking isn’t the most pleasant feeling in the world for any parent to experience.
Quickly picking her up I propped are against my knee and performed four forceful back blows as her she was faced towards the ground.
Now, I also feel more strongly than ever that anyone with kids, and frankly, just everyone, should take a CPR and First Aid class.
That’s when she spat out several chunks of food. In order to clear her airways to breathe, I had to give her for forcefully blows across the back with my hand.
Once the shock subsided I lifted my baby in my arms and hug her tightly after saving her little life. Had I not known exactly what to do I’m not sure how the situation would have transpired.
According to the New York State Department of health,“choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death in children under the age of 5,” and for children in this age range “the most common cause of nonfatal choking in young children is food.”
One would think that a 4.5-year old child would be old enough to chew bite-sized pieces without being at risk of choking.
It never crossed my mind that this would be an encounter we would experience as we sat chatting about our day while eating dinner.
This mother tells of the statistics that are now permanently set in her mind, “at least one child dies from choking on food every five days in the U.S.” and that on top of that, more than 12,000 kids head to local ERs every year for choking-related injuries.”
Using a mannequin prepares you for the feeling of this better than watching a video.
Although videos are available online they don’t quite prepare you for the same feeling of chest compressions back blows or them Heimlich.
Even when you have attempted rescue breathing or CPR on real people it still feels totally different when it’s your own flesh and blood.
Thankfully I was able to remain calm and my child is thankfully alive, although I was freaked out
So I urge you to source a local CPR and first aid class and sign up in the event that you ever need it.
Some people may argue that taking a class is not enough but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
After this frightening incident last night there were lots of tears and cuddling as I checked on her during the night to make sure she was alright.
She serious a little more restless than usual as I sat up and watched her for most of the night. She was back to her usual bubbly self the following morning.
I’m guessing she will take more care to chew her food properly from now on. I didn’t know what to do I could be writing a very different article today.
You can check out American Red Cross or The American Heart Association for information on CPR and first aid classes.
Take a look at the video below for more tips on this topic.
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