Little Routines, Gillian Stewart

Gillian Stewart, Sunday, January 11, 2015

St John Ambulance has just launched it's new life saving advertisement - "The Chokeables". Four celebrities take on the voice of an animated object that could potentially choke babies and young children.

It is a lighthearted approach to a very serious concern that many parents have.
It is a clever advert and I urge you to take a look at it. Please click here.

Choking, I know, is one of the most talked about topics amongst mums. It can be very alarming to witness, as it happens so quickly.

Babies airways are very small and can easily become obstructed. This can be through food, as well as objects as they start to explore.

Babies can also choke on milk and water. It can be quite tricky to get the hang of breathing, sucking and swallowing at the same time.

If your baby does start choking, carry out the procedure to dislodge the obstruction, positively and firmly but whilst remaining as calm as you can. Panicking will only distress your baby further.

Don't stop your baby from exploring foods when you start weaning.You will be amazed how well they can cope with small pieces of different foods.
Remember, never to leave your baby unattended, whilst he or she is eating.

Check your baby's toys for any loose or small parts and check for any other small objects within their reach. Remove anything that is obviously going to be a potential danger.

Please make yourself aware so you are prepared should choking happen to your baby.
There are baby first aid courses that run across the country through St. John Ambulance, The Red Cross, NCT and many others. Take a look online, if you are interested.

The environment is for babies to explore and discover. This is how they learn and develop into the busy, curious little people we know and love.