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post #1 of 25
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My son who is 3 was laying on the floor.My oldest had bought him peanut M&Ms which he was eating well one got stuck in his throat and he started choking.I was playing with my 5 year old when I took notice that he was choking.I ran over and grabbed him and started beating on his back with him leaned over.Nothing was happining.He starts to dig at his mouth with his hands trying to get it out himself and he starts gasping for air.I continue to beat on his back.I scoop him up and run for the phone. NO PHONE,I yell to my oldest daughter who has it and I mean yell as loud as I could all while trying to get a peanut M&M unstuck from my sons throat.My oldest cant hear me because she has the radio on so my 5 year old runs up to get her just as she runs down stairs he throws up and the peanut comes up, a pretty big one I might add.I freaked out at her for having the phone in her room which is a NO NO in our house and for not being able to hear me all while an emergency is going on.My son was crying like mad I was crying and now had my daughter crying.I apologized but I have to say I am still upset over the whole situation.I called the Dr and she told me his throat would be sore for a few days to feed soft foods.I now have chest pains do to anxiety which I have and deal with and take meds for.I couldn't remember how to do the HEIMLICH MANEUVER . He is so little and I wasn't sure if you do it the same as you would on an adult to a child.I have been calling around all our local hospitals to find one that offers a class on it so god forbid next time I know.I'm a mess, more calm then what I was a half hour ago but my god how freaking scary that was.No more peanuts in this house.
post #2 of 25
oh wow!!!!

glad everything is ok now!
post #3 of 25
Oh no, that's every parent's nightmare! I'm so glad he is O.K.!

You tell them to eat only while sitting up, but the minute you aren't looking, they do the opposite. We've had the same problem with the telephone when it's not put back.

Time to take some deep breaths, hug your kids, and take a break!
post #4 of 25
YIKES!!!!

I hope you are calming down now. I would wait a bit to talk with your daughter about the phone.
I hope everyone feels better later this afternoon.
Could you perhaps contact your local Red Cross to see if they offer classes and have more than one person in your household take the classes.
post #5 of 25
I'm so glad your son is okay!
post #6 of 25
For babies and small children you have to bend them forward over your forearm and give a good pound on their back using the heel of your hand - using the manuever for adults can crush a child's chest.

I'm so sorry that you had such a scare, but I'm REALLY glad it turned out ok!!!

post #7 of 25
OMG, I can see why you are upset. I am glad he is okay.

The same thing happened with my son when he was two and got a hold of one of those chocolate round Christmas balls.

He started choking and I grabbed him by the ankles and held him upside down while I patted on his back and out came the chocolate. I don't even know what drove me to hold him upside down. I think it was something my mother told me from years ago.

I threw out every single chocolate ball.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
Oh no, that's every parent's nightmare! I'm so glad he is O.K.!

You tell them to eat only while sitting up, but the minute you aren't looking, they do the opposite. We've had the same problem with the telephone when it's not put back.

Time to take some deep breaths, hug your kids, and take a break!
I know right,you teach them to eat only while sitting up and look what happens I have been hugging like mad but I think I need one I am so shook up and it has now been over an hour.I cant get the "scene" out of my head.I am so glad that he is ok
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
YIKES!!!!

I hope you are calming down now. I would wait a bit to talk with your daughter about the phone.
I hope everyone feels better later this afternoon.
Could you perhaps contact your local Red Cross to see if they offer classes and have more than one person in your household take the classes.
I didnt even think to contact the local red cross.Thanks I am going to do that.


AsecretK- My husband told me he was taught to do the same thing.I'll keep that in the back of my mind,thanks
post #10 of 25
That must have been incredibly frightening - no wonder you're still shaking. I'm so glad your son is okay.
post #11 of 25
Geez thank God everything is okay...my heart was racing just reading that Phew!
post #12 of 25
Bless your heart. I feel for you. I really do. I had a scare like that with my daughter a few months ago, but she's only 10 & 1/2 months now. With her, though, she had gotten sick and was choking on the flegm (sp??). My neighbor was over here and she took her, got a syringe, and had to suction it out. I was petrified, so I can only imagine how you were feeling. Just glad he's ok.
post #13 of 25
I'm so glad to hear that he's fine now. How horrible

Definitely ask for a long bear hug
post #14 of 25
Oh geez how scary. I am glad he is okay now.

If you can't get in touch with the Red Cross you can try your local Fire Department or Police Department. Just call the info lines for non emergency. They should be able to stear you in the right direction.
post #15 of 25
Here is the link to the Heimlich website which gives exact instructions.

I guess I was wrong about hitting them on the back, but that is what I was taught in CPR class a million years ago. Sorry about that.
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
Here is the link to the Heimlich website which gives exact instructions.

I guess I was wrong about hitting them on the back, but that is what I was taught in CPR class a million years ago. Sorry about that.


Dont be sorry, I was taught the same thing when I took a CPR class over 10 years ago.

Thanks everyone for your concern.He seems to be doing well other then a sore throat.My nerves have calmed down as well
post #17 of 25
I'm glad it turned okay for you.

The American Heart Association updated their recommendations and made it much easier now.

Our local Fire Department and the City Parks & Rec dept offer the class for a very reasonable fee. Also, some of the churches are offering classes for their membership.

You can also order a kit (video and mannequin) to learn at home. It's better than nothing, but I really like to observe the students doing it - and make corrections.

Two women who knew CPR saved my stepfather's life. He was saved and had no brain damage. I owe them so much.
post #18 of 25
Wow, I am glad to hear he is all right now..He and you must have been so scared at the same time.
post #19 of 25
That was definitely a scary thing. If you have an extra phone jack, you may want to consider getting a corded phone to put there. Then the phone is always available. The biggest issue I have with cordless phones is that we lose them.
post #20 of 25
OMG, how horrifying!!

I am so so glad he is alright..how terrifying for you!

One time my friends 2 year old was choking on a lip balm cap...it was the scariest moment of my life. Her sister hammered on his back and it flew out...but dang we were scared straight.

I am so glad your little one is okay
post #21 of 25
This is something I've studied a lot, because we had a neighbor die years ago, despite our efforts to keep him going until the ambulance arrived. Just to clarify for those who might not check the link:

CPR, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is the one to use when someone has stopped breathing. That's where you press rhythmically on the center of chest or "sternum" (above the xiphoid process*). For infants, you do it only very delicately, with fingertips instead of hands. As someone mentioned, the recommended method for CPR has changed in the past few years, so it's good to get re-trained on it if you can.

The Heimlich Maneuver is the one to use when someone has something stuck in his throat. In this case, you do not press on the sternum, but on the soft abdomen below the sternum (and below the xiphoid process*), with an upward motion to try to expel air (and the stuck object) from the windpipe.

* The xiphoid process is a small bit of cartilage at the lower end of the sternum, and it's fragile -- so you have to be sure you're above it for CPR and below it for the Heimlich.
post #22 of 25
P.S. -- Sheesh, I forgot to say, thank goodness your little guy is all right!

And also -- if you're ever alone and get something stuck in your throat, you can do the Heimlich on yourself by standing behind a chair or something -- even a doorknob, if nothing else is available -- and sort of jerking your body downward so the chair back pokes up into your abdomen.
post #23 of 25
For the Heimlich Maneuver on a small child, you do abdominal thrusts as you would an adult, but you kneel down on one knee, and place the child on the other leg to maintain better control.

You are only supposed to hit an infant (1 year or younger) with the palm of your hand, on the back between the shoulder blades while holding them upside down with the other hand if they are choking.

It is not recommended to hit someone who is choking on the back otherwise because by doing so can lodge the object even further down their throat.


I am certified with the Red Cross.
post #24 of 25
I'm sooooo glad everything turned out OK! How scary!

The first time I was certified in CPR it was from the Red Cross. This last time my work had a company come in and teach CPR and First Aid.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles View Post
I'm sooooo glad everything turned out OK! How scary!

The first time I was certified in CPR it was from the Red Cross. This last time my work had a company come in and teach CPR and First Aid.
I did that too! The Red Cross is by far the best. The company that came to my old job went through everything WAY too quickly! I'm glad I had previous training, but the gals who didn't had no clue and were completely lost. I will stick with the Red Cross. I had a semester's long class on CPR and First Aid while in college that included the Red Cross certification. I learned SO glad I took it!
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