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Fear of suffocation


Evening dear ones,

Somehow I do not know any more .. My daughter is now 8 months old and of course gets some complementary food and in the morning and every now and then in the evening after her evening meal still breast milk. In the jars (8months of Hipp) are now small pieces in it from noodles on pieces of meat to bits of fruit, I really often struggle with myself because I think she could choke on it. Can that happen? Baby biscuits, bread rolls or small rice waffles, for example, I dare not even give her. Of course I've already tried (with baby biscuits) but I'm starting to shake right now because I'm scared. I also do not know where this fear comes from, maybe someone knows that? I feel really stupid. best regards


  • reply - 1: I think the fear that something could happen to your own child is something everyone has. But it does not help ... as a mother you have to overcome this, or you limit your child meaningless or transfer the fear to the child. Ultimately, both actually only contributes more to what could happen to the child. So if I constantly forbid a child to climb, then it never learns to climb and there is a risk that it will really fall somewhere.
    Ultimately it only helps to work on one's own fear.

    So: Your child is 8 months old, can probably sit by himself and is interested in eating. I assume it's Beikostreif, right? Then it can eat too. And it can also deal with bits.
    You can swallow everything, chunks, porridge and even breast milk. Ingestion only means that food gets into the trachea instead of into the esophagus. Nature has taken precautions in this case: If swallowed, a severe coughing sensation is triggered and we cough everything that has landed wrongly, just out again. There are problems ONLY, if you can not cough out what's in the wrong tube. But normally, things that go in somewhere go out again. If a child still does not get something out of their own, there are first aid measures. For children under 1 year, put them over the knee, with the upper body hanging down and beats with the bottle hand on the back. For your own reassurance you can watch videos of the right approach on youtube. But I would really only apply if the child clearly struggling for air and already turns blue.

    But what is most important in an 8-month-old child: they usually do not even swallow, even if it looks like that. Because it often happens that they choke and cough and cry and scream .. you get panic that they have swallowed. But that's not the case. The gag reflex is in the babies still in the oral cavity. As soon as a larger piece moves a little further back into the mouth, they already show this choke behavior. There's the bit but still away from the trachea. From dangerous ingestion so no trace at all.
    And with each choking, children learn how to carry the big pieces out of their mouth by themselves. This choking is basically good and necessary. Just as a baby should learn how to fall before BEFORE it starts running.
    Oh, and as long as a child screams, it has definitely not swallowed, because then obviously still air from the trachea comes and then vice versa, which is still pure.

    So your baby should always sit when it eats. Avoid lying there or walking around with food later (at least at the beginning, until it can run safely). Give it lumpy stuff NOW as long as the gag reflex is still so far in the front of the mouth and it learns how to handle it. Give him baby biscuits, rice waffles, boiled potatoes, soft pear / banana, bread rolls, cooked noodles, cooked vegetables (all cut into handy pieces) and and and. Anything you crush with your tongue on your palate or what it gets soft with saliva (like rice waffles or bread) can already eat your child (even without teeth)

    We started with our mouse at 6.5 months with food in the form of finger food (off the table). She never really got mush. She has often strangled but NEVER choked. She has already eaten matching off the table with 8 months already.

    Trust yourself and let your daughter experience the bits and pieces. :-)

  • reply - 2: maybe a first aid course for babies will help you - it calmed down my first. Incidentally, he liked only lumpy porridge and was so super clear - even younger. Trust in your little one! They can do it. :)
  • reply - 3: Wow many thanks for this message. Did I really build something right now? I will and must really work on myself and on my fears. Tomorrow I will start piece by piece, I hope it works. Many Thanks
  • reply - 4: I'll look for a First Aid course tomorrow. Thanks for that
  • reply - 5: That's really very well written that's what I wanted to say   
    I have also taken part my fears, mine is namely with his 9 months of the choking expert par excellence ....
    And there is the daily fear of he could swallow so huge.

    Thanks, thank you

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