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My Kid Almost Choked to Death

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And I was ill-prepared to help him ... talk about a wake-up call!

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Momlogic's Julie: Yesterday, my family was eating Chinese food for lunch when my 8-year-old son began choking on the pan-fried noodles. He was gagging -- and in that moment, I realized I HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO DO.

He held his neck, and was making these horrible gurgling sounds. His face turned bright red. I yelled "HOLDEN!" and ran around and put my arms around his back to his chest. I began doing what I thought the Heimlich maneuver was ... but I have never been trained, so my knowledge was limited. Very limited.

My husband yelled for him to "cough it up," and in a couple of seconds thankfully the noodles were miraculously out of my son's mouth and he could breathe again.

Even though this story has a happy ending, it made me realize how much I don't know about how to save my child if he was really choking or had stopped breathing.

It's recommended that every parent know how and when to administer CPR, as well as knowing how and when to do the Heimlich maneuver. Do you?

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Katie February 3, 2009, 7:55 AM

Thanks so much! I have a fear of choking, I think because when I was little I swallowed a peice of hard candy, and worried for about an hour that I would choke on it (I was only about 6) lol! I’ve “read” the procedures online before, but I think the videos will really help me recall the visuals of it if ever needed!

Melissa February 3, 2009, 11:37 AM

As a teenager I was trained as a lifeguard and then a few years ago I worked at a job where I was part of a team that was given first aid and emergency training. Shortly after Halloween last year my three year old choked on a hard candy. Without even thinking I did the Heimlich maneuver and he was fine. My hands were shaking for 10 minutes afterward. I recommend that any one with kids find a first aid class, they are worth your time!

vicki April 3, 2009, 9:20 AM

Two teachers performed the Heimlich maneuver on my daughter yesterday after she choked on a lemon drop. They saved her life!!!

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