What if my child chokes?

First: know the difference between choking and gagging.

​Your baby will gag during this process, especially if they take a mouthful of food which is too big, as my little munchkin often does. Gagging is a safety mechanism that moves food to the front of the mouth to prevent choking so as long as your baby is sitting upright the gagging reflex will help teach your baby to take smaller bites and stop choking from happening.

This weekend we went out for lunch with a friend, she has a 5 month old and had plenty of questions about BLW. As we sat chatting, my little munchkin suddenly reached for a whole cherry tomato and stuffed it in her mouth. Normally I cut these in half for her but I wasn’t worried as I knew what would happen. She sat and sucked on the tomato. Once she had sucked all the juices out she spat out the skin and the flesh.

My munchkin knew to do this as there have been many occasions when she has taken a bite that has been much too large and gagged it back to the front of her mouth. At first I would panic but I soon realised that she was learning to take smaller bites.

My friend was amazed that she had learnt to do this and we continued to watch my little one devour half a jacket potato.

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But if your child does get a piece of food lodged in their throat you will want to know how you can help them to remove it. Have a look at the YouTube clip by Red Cross or for more piece of mind why not take a Baby First Aid Course.

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