Tuesday, 22 March 2011
My worst fear happened yesterday afternoon. Joey bit of a piece of pineapple that was to big for her to swallow and she choked. She began kicking her feet, so I immediately grabbed her out of her high chair and started the Heimlich for babies.
Well it wasn't the proper way. I put her over my shoulder almost upside down and started hitting her on the back with an open hand. Her head was lower than her chest. She spit up the piece of pineapple after seconds but what felt like minutes. She than was perfectly fine and I started shaking. The panic of what just happened set in after she was ok, which is better than it setting in during.
Why I placed her over my should I don't know for sure, but I guess I feel I have more control holding her over my shoulder and I knew that you need to use gravity to help get the food out and the blows to back help loosen the food.
Joey is wonderful and of course wanted more food, in true 7 month old style!
Just a thought...
I feel CPR and baby Heimlich should be added to Lamaze classes. I think it is a vital tool to have in ones repertoire and 95% (not a true statistic) of new parents take Lamaze class, making it a perfect setting to teach CPR and Heimlich.
Here's how to do it properly if you don't know already.
Choking Rescue Procedure (Heimlich Maneuver) - Baby (Younger Than 1 Year)
If the baby can cough or make sounds, let him or her cough to try to get the object out. If you are worried about the baby's breathing, call911.
If a baby can't breathe, cough, or make sounds, then:
- Put the baby facedown on your forearm so the baby's head is lower than his or her chest.
- Support the baby's head in your palm, against your thigh. Don't cover the baby's mouth or twist his or her neck.
- Use the heel of one hand to give up to 5 back slaps between the baby's shoulder blades. See picture C.
- If the object does not pop out, support the baby's head and turn him or her faceup on your thigh. Keep the baby's head lower than his or her body.
- Place 2 or 3 fingers just below the nipple line on the baby's breastbone and give 5 quick chest thrusts (same position as chest compressions in CPR for a baby). See picture D.
- Keep giving 5 back slaps and 5 chest thrusts until the object comes out or the baby faints.
- If the baby faints, call 911(if you haven't called already). Then:
- Do not do any more back slaps or chest thrusts.
- Start CPR. Each time you open the airway, look for an object in the baby's mouth. If you see the object, take it out. But if you can't see the object, don't stick your finger down the baby's throat to feel for it.
- Keep doing CPR until the baby is breathing on his or her own or until help arrives.
Do you know CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver? Where/when did you learn it? What's your worst fear and what are you doing to prevent it or the consequences of your worst fear?