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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