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My baby choked today... and I'm not an inexperienced mom...

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He was eating pears, canned pears... they were soft and I cut them into what I thought was baby sized bites.

He choked anyway and usually if he gags on something, he gets it up right away.

He didn't....

I grabbed him and flipped him upside down over my arm...

He still didn't...

Did this two more times, and he started to be really pale-ish... Thought for sure... it's a stupid piece of soft canned pear... He's GOT to expell it...

He STILL didn't...

I REALLY started to fear for him now, and reacted by the gut... grabbed him in one arm, held his face against my shoulder and jammed my finger down his throat, hooking the piece of pear with my finger and yanked...

*sigh*... big big sigh of relief as he starts coughing and gasping for air....

This, I remind myself, is why parenting is for adults... and this is why I trust my 11 year old little by little, but could she react the same as a 35 year old woman in an emergency????

So I guess this is a spin off of the posts about young girls babysitting little kids.  They may be terrific with them... may know all the emergency numbers... etc...   but could they respond like an adult in some situations??

If I hadn't dug that pear out and chose to call 911 for help instead, he would have been without oxygen for a VERY long time before help could come.

by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:01 PM
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by Kelly on Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:27 PM
Damn that's scary. I don't think anyone would know to react like that unless they are a parent or had some sort of training. So glad your baby is ok!!!!!
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by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Well if you could see it, it's not a blind sweep. Glad your lo is ok.

Quoting KrissyKC:

Yes, you are correct, and I know that, too... but when I got his mouth open, I could see not just one piece of pear, but two... so I pushed my finger down the side that looked like it had the most give and yanked it out.

My uncle saved my life when I was like 4...  we were visiting and I wanted some chewing gum, and I guess I was naughty and took like two or three pieces at once and choked on it really bad.   He did the whole finger yank, too because nothing else was working.   I don't remember it, but I guess it was a major deal because everyone remembers it.

Quoting marinenonstop:

How old is he? When you flipped him over your arm did you do back slaps and chest compressions? I know its soooo scary to have your baby choke on you. Just be careful with the blind finger sweeps. If you can not see the object and try to remove it, it is possible to lodge it further. Im not trying to critisize I'm just offering some information.. So glad your LO is ok.

by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

sorry, he's almost 8 months... JUST starting self feeding.

Yes, i did the abdominal pressure, but he's so stinking tiny even for his age... I don't thump the back, but I do make sure there's abd. pressures... kinda like the hymlech (spelling?) only in my arms instead of laying on the floor.  That was my next step.

by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:34 PM
My two year old choked on a cheerio when he was 18 months. Turned blue and everything. Scariest moment of my life, I still think about it and How lucky I am. Hubby had just left to go back to iraq after r and r so my head was spinning with what ifs. I had to finger swoop too. Scariest. Moment. Ever... Hopefully in my life. I never want to see something like that again. *hugs my baby*
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by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM
My 21 month old choked the other day. It was scary. Luckily it popped out though when I flipped him over and leaned him forward. My husband is the finger hook expert. Luckily I haven't had to attempt it.
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by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Over the summer my 3 and 2 year old choked 1 minutes after each other.  It was awful.

First my daughter was choking.  I looked at her with a blank look.  After about 5 seconds my DH screamed "DO SOMETHING ELYCE".  I grabbed her, flipped her, put her chest on my knee etc.  Got the food out.  She was nearly blue.

About 30 seconds later my 3 year old did the same thing.  I froze again.  Dh screamed and I flipped him etc.

After everyone was fine I sat on the couch and cried.  I am great under pressure, I am a CRNA, I have to be great under pressure.  When it comes to my kids I freeze up.

I'm glad your baby is alright, it's so scary!

by Ruby Member on Feb. 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Oh man. I beg to differ. I had zero baby experience could hardly tell what end was right side up lol, until I had my own kid. I don't think I'd have known how to save a choking baby at that way to tell tho I suppose.

Quoting kidlover2:

I was 14 when I saved a 18month old from a apple piece in his windpipe. It is scary! But it's not complicated. Imho if you can't do it at 13, you probably still won't be able to do it at 35.
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by Ruby Member on Feb. 4, 2013 at 10:13 PM
I have kind of a funny choking story. My son was just starting to eat solids. I gave him a puff corn. He was doing great with them. I laid him down to change him in the midst of laying him down I hesitated then I brushed it off. He coughed. I immediately picked him up thinking I hesitated for a reason and he was choking. Babies can sense parental distress. He must have known instantly because he started crying and doing weird things I can't hardly describe. I patted his back and he was crying worse. Started doing baby CPR just as I read about. Turned him on my arm angled down and gently started patting his back. By this time both of us were crying hysterically. I called my husband "come now he is choking!". My husband ran inside from the yard and saw both of us bawling and I'm like "save him!"...he started laughing at me....apparently babies don't cry when they are choking...I didn't know that...he was fine...he just sense my freak out and we were copying eachothers was fucking terrifying...funny now tho.
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