Irrational fear of choking? Finger food issues.

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  1. kissikiss

    kissikiss <3 Mom to Elijah <3

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    Hi all :flower:

    As title says really. My son is now 16 months old, and has always loved food. When he was about 10 months old, he had a piece of a baby biscuit (I was starting him with finger foods) and he got a piece stuck in the back of his mouth/throat. He was ok but it gave me horrible anxiety about food and choking - and I don't want him to pick up on this.

    Problem is he doesn't really know that when he has a mouthful he shouldn't shove even more food into his mouth. I know he has to learn to eat in order to be able to do it properly, but I probably tend to mash things up too much and give him minimal finger foods he can choke on. I gave him half a banana last night after supper and I was so nervous, my husband tells me to calm down but I get so scared :(

    2 questions really:

    1. Am I alone with anxiety regarding this? I have no other 'worries' that I can think of, and just wonder if this one incident with the baby biscuit traumatised me...

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    2. Will he get better regarding knowing he has food in his mouth and should wait before putting more in as long as I keep giving him finger foods? Or instead of giving him half a banana (whole) should I give him a bite sized piece and wait for him to finish until I give him the next piece until he learns to eat slowly and chew properly?

    I should say that most of his teeth are through and I feel as though he is physically able to chew but he doesn't know that he needs to have a medium size bite of food in his mouth to be able to do it effectively.

    Thank you very much xx
     
  2. loz27

    loz27 Well-Known Member

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    i'm sorry i can't help you but just to say you are not on you're own. i was the same with my girls. i think i was still pureeing food at 8 months with my first lol. now i have come to the stage were i should be introducing finger foods to my lo i feel the same anxiety. i have told my oh that he can start him with this as i don't want to stress my lo keep pulling food out his mouth :(

    the only thing i can suggest is try stay calm and not show your anxiety to your lo. my younger sister had a very bad incident of choking when she was little and this made my mum very paranoid from then on. i totally believe thats what rubbed off on me. i even have anxietys of choking myself when i'm eating certain things.

    if it's realy effecting you maybe you could look into a first aid course to help give you abit more confidence that you'd know what to do in the unlikely event that something was to happen iykwim x
     
  3. kissikiss

    kissikiss <3 Mom to Elijah <3

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    Ah yes I pull food out of his mouth too!! If he has what I think is too much, then I'm in there pulling stuff out and I know this could affect his confidence with eating, and I know it's wrong.

    I'm glad to know that I'm not alone but I'm sorry you feel the same as it's awful, eating is a natural thing and babies often gag which looks like choking. It's still scary though.

    You are right, I should look at doing a course; I did one ages ago and don't know if the techniques are the same. Thanks for your reply xx
     
  4. loz27

    loz27 Well-Known Member

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    tbh i'm dreading it. i just know i will be pulling things out his mouth. i can be sat in a restaurant and see a little one in a high chair chomping on food and i still get nervous then when they gag. i have an urge to start patting a complete strangers lo on the back lol.

    it does get easier when they get a little older though although i often joke with my girls that they will be allowed hard boiled sweets when they are 21. for now they are a no no even at 8 n 10 :) this was the culprit for my lil sisters choking episode.

    i might even take my own advise and do a refresher first aid myself. they change the rules all the time. i honestly dont know the up to date procedure for a baby choking. i think you hold them face downwards and pat there back x
     

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