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Our ds 3.5 choked today at lunch. This is the 4th time this has happened in the past 2 years. He had dinosaur chicken nuggets so I didn't cut them into pieces. He started to spit up some of his chicken and then he stood up next to the table and couldn't get anything up, including any sounds or breaths. The first thing I did was hit him in his back a few times, still choking, then I did the Heimlich from the front, still choking, then I did a finger sweep. I didn't feel anything, but right after, he spit up the rest of the chicken and he started to cry.<br><br>
Like I said before, this has happened 3 other times, 2 others were with meat and the other was with a strawberry.<br><br>
I'm always good about cutting his food into small pieces. He tends to not chew all of his food before swallowing and taking the next bite.<br><br>
He is in preschool 2 days a week and this is something that scares me. I discussed this with them before he started and they sit with him when he eats and his food is cut into small pieces.<br><br>
Has this ever happened to anyone else's children? Before today, it's been about 6 months since this happened. It's just really scary.<br><br>
Thanks for listening.
 

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You need it! I know. I went through that with my grandson. He has a home made coughing candy in his mouth and somehow it went down the wrong way and he was chocking. He came running to me clutching his throat and I was just about to use the Heimlich on him when he jumped really high because he got so frightened and the candy flew out of him and all the way across the kitchen and of course he screamed and yelled that he was unable to talk and breath .... but by then I saw that he was doing both and had dislodged the candy by himself.<br><br>
He did it one more time with food but again he managed to dislodge it by himself. Both times he was right around 2.5<br><br>
Gosh it is sooo frightening.<br><br>
All we can do is cut everything up small and <b>make them sit by the table when eating</b>.<br><br>
When a discussion turns funny and everyone is laughing and eating, that's when we have to pay special attention that the kids don't shove food into their mouths.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> again. You must be all jittery still.
 

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My ds has choked at least twice (he's now 3), both times on a big piece of slippery fruit (banana, mango), and it was scary.<br><br>
Even though he's 3, I still find it easier to turn him upside down on my knee and thump him between the shoulder blades than to do the Heimlich maneuver.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My ds has choked at least twice (he's now 3), both times on a big piece of slippery fruit (banana, mango), and it was scary.<br><br>
Even though he's 3, I still find it easier to turn him upside down on my knee and thump him between the shoulder blades than to do the Heimlich maneuver.</div>
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Yes. I agree. I tried to do the Heimlich from the front by thrusting in and up under the sternum and it didn't seem to help. I guess gravity works best when they're still light enough to pick up!!
 

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Sometimes, cutting the food smaller can increase the chances of choking. It is wiser to remind them they need to thoroughly chew their food before swallowing.<br>
Here is an article, it is on baby's, but has some good tips to keep in mind if you have a toddler having trouble with choking on foods.<br><a href="http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintroductie/vast_voedsel/rapley_guidelines.html#choke" target="_blank">http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedseli...nes.html#choke</a>
 
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