WFMW (Parenting advice edition): Heimlich

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Moms and dads with small babies, ask a nurse to show you the Heimlich maneuver for infants before you start feeding your baby solids. Some babies have an active gag reflex or just don’t get the idea of chewing or swallowing small amounts at a time.

My now 3-yr old choked on everything (and I do mean everything, milk, for example). She’s getting better about it, but she still has some problems when she’s in a hurry or when she’s eating ‘crumbly’ foods. My 1 yr-old never choked – not even on 1/3 of a banana swallowed at once. All babies are different, but it’s better to be prepared in case you need it. I’m an expert at the Heimlich for infants by now, and just the knowledge that I can do it if needed brings peace of mind at mealtime.

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  1. Holy sh*t! Are you serious?! The Heimlich maneuver is quite forceful on the abdomen and even if done correctly usually results in injury (and if done incorrectly may even fracture the ribs and puncture the diaphragm or worse). I wouldn’t use the maneuver on a little child but as a last resort after quite a few forceful back slaps!

  2. Steve, the point of the post is that the Heimlich for infants isn’t nearly the same as the Heimlich for adults. It does in fact have to do with a few forceful back slaps, only with the baby positioned correctly and the force of your hand in the right spot. There’s a technique to it that’s entirely different from what you would do with an adult. But when it comes down to it, when your baby is choking and the ambulance is 3-4 minutes away, you’ll be glad you learned how to do it correctly. And I’d appreciate it if you’d censor your language a bit more carefully in your comments – this is a G-rated blog.

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