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How to handle choking

A new texture, taken for the first time, may make your baby gag out of surprise. If she does, straddle her over your forearm, with her head lower than her body and supported on your thigh. Pat her firmly on the back with the heel of your hand and encourage her to cough until the food is dislodged. Talk soothingly, gently rub her back and she’ll be more able to swallow.

5 mins to read Jan 20, 2018

Learn how to administer first aid for choking, as your baby can lose consciousness.

Some foods that may be choking hazards:

  • Raisins and whole grapes.
  • Popcorn, nuts and seeds.
  • Hot dogs, chunks of meat or poultry.
  • Spoonfuls of peanut butter.
  • Hard, raw or chunky fruits and vegetables such as whole peas, raw carrots, bell peppers, apples, unripe peaches, pears or plums.
  • Gum, chewy or hard candy.