A choking child is probably one of the top fears for a parent. This is because you only have minutes to clear the blockage before permanent brain damage and even death can occur. It is common for babies to choke on either fluid or food they are consuming. This is due to a variety of different reasons, but some of the most common are:
- Eating too fast
- Eating new foods
- Are at the wrong angle (such as being propped with a bottle)
- Air bubbles in a bottle.
Choking is a blockage in the airway that allows air – particularly oxygen – to get into the body and air to get back out. So you need to clear it as a matter of priority. In terms of knowing if your baby is choking, you are looking for signs and symptoms that she is awake and moving, with eyes open, but she’s not able to make any noise. You may also see a blue tinge around the face, particularly around the lips.
Remember, if your baby can cry, they can get oxygen and they are not really happy wheels choking. In that case, they are probably scared and uncomfortable, but it is still necessary to remove the food item so that the situation does not get worse.
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