I follow the Facebook page for a charity called Millie’s Trust which aims to educate people about what to do if a child chokes and relevant CPR. The charity came about after the parents who run Millie’s trust, lost their daughter after a choking incident at nursery.
Well, over the past couple of months, I have seen a video produced by the St John’s ambulance trust which has proved a very useful tool…
The Chokeables is a short video which is simple to understand and really sticks in your memory and shows you exactly what to do if your baby is choking and viewer Megan Perkins from Kent learnt the value of the video when her daughter began choking at home.
She said that while at home with daughter Flora and son Barnaby, Flora began to choke on a piece of broccoli and after an initial back slap, heard the broccoli dislodge. She left Flora to carry on eating her meal, but soon realised that there was still food stuck in her throat.
Flora had started to turn blue and Megan realised that some of the broccoli was still stuck in her throat. She whisked her out of her high chair and started to give her the recommended back slaps (up to FIVE). After a few of these, the food became dislodged but Megan commented that if she hadn’t have seen the video, she would have been tempted to stick her fingers in Flora’s mouth to try to reach the food, something which is strongly opposed.
The video features characters such as Jelly baby sweet, a princess doll and a pen lid all of which come with items in real life which children are choking on. The toys then go on to demonstrate exactly what to do and talk you through what to do:
Step One – Give up to five back blows with the baby facing down along your forearm with the head lower than the bottom.
Step Two – Give up to five chest thrusts. Turn the baby so they are facing upwards and place two fingers in the middle of their check just below the nipples.
Repeat steps one and two up to three times if needed, after that, call 999 for an ambulance.
Steps from the Millie’s Trust website.
If you’d like to learn more about what to do in such an emergency, please look at the Millie’s Trust website. The charity runs courses up and down the country all year round.
Until next time…