Nobody wants to think of the worst thing that could happen and no one prays for an emergency.
And yes I know first aid may sound scary but it can save lives and it easier than you think. With first aid, knowledge is truly power- power to save a life. I’ll kick off my post with a true life story.
It happened to me in fact. I came home from work on a week day, dropped off my baby in the living room and started to get dinner ready. I had given him a drink of water and saw that he was playing happily. Next thing, I heard a panicked sound. I rushed to him and saw that he was choking on something. His eyes had started to water and he was pulling at his neck.
As any mother would be, you can imagine I was afraid. The first thing that came to my mind was “what do I do?!!” The neurons in my brain moving at lightening speed recalled a health post I had read on baby first aid when I was still pregnant. As soon as I administered it, he spat up the foil paper of a medicine sachet along with all he water he drank earlier. Where he found it, I don’t know, but never had I been so scared.
And would you just imagine that that innocent little boy picked up another toy and continued playing as if nothing happened, like he didn’t almost choke to death… I was so glad I read that post, who knows what could have happened, which story would I be telling today?. It’s just God’s grace that saved him. That’s why its important to have knowledge of first aid (which I will be teaching you in this post) and to keep a cool head in crisis situations. This doesn’t only apply to moms but also to nannies, teacher and other child care providers who spend time around children
Little children have small airways that can easily get obstructed by objects, food, milk and even saliva. Most times they are unable to cough forcefully enough to dislodge the obstruction so we have to help them
What to do if a baby is choking(0-12 months)
There are three things you can do in this situation
When a baby is in distress the last thing you think about is hitting the child, but its the most proven way to dislodge an obstructed airway.
~ Lay your baby face down on your arm or high for a larger baby (be sure to support their head)
~ Give up to five back blows in between the baby shoulders using the the heel of your hand
2. Check the mouth
Place your baby down gently and check for any visible obstruction
Using the tips of your fingers remove the obstruction
Do not poke your fingers into the baby’s mouth you may end up pushing the object farther into the baby’s throat
If that doesn’t work call for help and proceed to step 3
3. Chest thrust
Place two fingers in the middle of her chest, right between her breastbone
Push sharply inwards and upwards five times fast
Then check the baby’s mouth to see if the obstruction has cleared. If it hasn’t repeat steps 1- 3 until the object has been removed and the baby is breathing properly
If after performing this 3 steps and the obstruction has not cleared call your doctor and proceed to he hospital immediately
Now you know what to do in this kind of situation. But we all know what they say: prevention is better than cure. To prevent something like this from happening in your home,
- Monitor your child during meals. Cut food into small Ideally children should be seated whilst eating to avoid accidents
- Check each room in the house every day for small objects that could pose a choking hazard.pick up item from the floor even if they don’t seem dangerous
- Try to find the cause of the choking and avoid future problems
- Check toys often for loose or broken parts.Choose the one that don’t have sharp edges or removable parts
Be sure to share this post post as it could save a child s life. Till next time!
For more information on what to do in other emergency situations visit this site:
And for more information on how to perform infant CPR , visit this site