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Old Jul 8th, 2013, 05:57 AM   1
Sarah Lou 80
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Difference between gagging and choking?


What's the easiest way to tell the difference? Starting finger foods for LO and he gagged on some melon. I'm fairly relaxed about it as I know it's normal but am now wondering if I would miss the fact that he's actually choking and something bad might happen.

OH is not relaxed at all about it so want to be able to reassure him as well!



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Old Jul 8th, 2013, 06:05 AM   2
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Gagging is noisy and very noticeable, baby will be wretching and if that does not work baby will be sick to move the food.

Choking is silent and you may not notice until baby is blue. They will not be able to breath and may have a look of panic on their face.



 
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Old Jul 8th, 2013, 06:12 AM   3
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What's the easiest way to tell the difference? Starting finger foods for LO and he gagged on some melon. I'm fairly relaxed about it as I know it's normal but am now wondering if I would miss the fact that he's actually choking and something bad might happen.

OH is not relaxed at all about it so want to be able to reassure him as well!
Choking means an object is actually blocking air from getting in or out of the lungs - so it is often silent or only accompanied by quiet strangulation type noises. Skin also begins to turn purple quite quickly (as the blood is de-oxygenated and therefore less red).

A fully fledged coughing fit it proof of air passing in and out, so not indicative of choking.

Retching resolves quite quickly with the food coming back out (and then being shoved back in and chewed if you are my daughter!). It can be quiet but shouldn't cause change in skin colour.

Have you read a BLW book? they usually have a choking section.

Learn proper choking first aid so you can deal with a worst case scenario if you have to, and don't do anything that makes it worse.



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