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The Fear Of Choking & Things You Can Do To Prevent It

The Fear Of Choking & Things You Can Do To Prevent It

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We have come a long way in terms of the way we feed our children. When our own parents welcomed us in to the world the recommendation was to wean a baby on to solids from a very young age. Now the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends waiting until your child is six months.
 
A lot of parents have a huge fear around choking. Regardless of the way you weaned (traditional spoon-feeding purées or Baby Led Weaning) you have probably experienced your fair share of fear when it came to the foods you offered your baby. I remember shaking the first time I handed my baby a cracker. Raisins sent me over the edge.
 
Experts will tell us not to panic if our infants gags when trying a new food. The gagging reflex is a natural reflex but one that us parents find very difficult to witness.
 
Most of us are aware of certain foods being more dangerous than others when it comes to choking hazards. The most common one that comes to mind is a grape. I personally have had two medical professionals casually mention to me the importance of how I serve my child grapes. It is vitally important to cut grapes in half (length ways) and this is due to the fact that a grape is the same size as a child's wind-pipe. It can easily become lodged and can have devastating results.
 
Choking is something that affects all people and not just babies. An adult friend recently had a very real choking incident where her partner had to perform the haem lick manoeuvre to dislodge a piece of steak that got caught in her throat.

This reminded me that we should be just as careful and vigilant about choking when it comes to our toddlers and older children too.

Food-experts have emphasised the importance of our children sitting while they eat. Snacking and running around poses it's own hazards and we should always encourage our children to sit and eat. It is also important for our children to be conscious of what they are doing when they are eating. They must learn the art of eating safety and effectively and this can only be done when they are not overly distracted. It is not something I had ever really considered before as I regularly hand my child snacks as he runs around the playground.
 
You learn something new every day.
 
Written by Tracey, mummy blogger and staff writer at www.familyfriendlyhq.ie.
Check out her own blog at www.loveofliving.ie