As a parent, you have likely thought of all the possible things that can risk your child’s health and put them in danger. For many parents, choking is near the top of the list. However, if you know how to identify the signs of choking and then clear it up, you can respond to this emergency situation promptly and calmly.
It is important to know if you are putting your child at risk for choking with the foods you feed them. Foods like grapes, hot dogs, blueberries, and similarly-sized foods can be very dangerous.You may wish to chop food into small, bite-size pieces to suit your child. This ensures that, if they do gag, the food will still likely make its way past the airway without issues.
Infants are young toddlers who are still learning how to eat are often at highest risk for choking. This is because they are still learning the importance of chewing and how much food they can handle in their mouths.
Signs of Choking
If your child begins coughing, seems unable to breathe, experiences reddening of the face, or goes silent, you may well be dealing with choking. If your little one is coughing and it is clear that some air is still getting through, do not act immediately. If they can clear it up on their own, you can avoid potentially dangerous interventions.
However, when the airway is completely blocked, you must act swiftly and calmly to save your little one.