Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Big Bite = A Big Scare

Yesterday I was feeding Josefine her pureed split peas...which she likes. Very much. And because she doesn't quite have the timing down on when to swallow, and I gave her a wee bit of a big bite, we kind of ran into a bit of a scare.

She was happily gumming at her pasty peas when she started gagging, like she was going to puke. I wasn't worried at that point, I just held her bib up to catch whatever was coming out. But, she didn't puke. She only kept half-gagging, like whatever was lodged in her throat, wasn't coming out. It was the biggest scare of my life, people. I did exactly what I know I'm NOT supposed to do and started smacking her on the back. Then, I shoved my finger down her throat. I figured, if she wasn't going to get this out of her throat by puking, then I was going to make her puke. Just as I put my finger in her mouth (and I only felt a little bit of mushed up -really mushed up- peas) she started whimpering. THE most beautiful sound on earth. And of course, that happened to be when all of my First Aid training came back to my mind. Of course. I hugged on her so much after we cleaned up, I think she might have been wondering what in the world was up with Mama!

The whole thing lasted about 5 seconds, but it was the longest 5 seconds of my life and I probably had a bajillion thoughts pass through my mind in that 5 seconds. What do I do? How can I help? Is she beyond help? and so on.

Anyway...a BIG scare. I'm sure it was just some thicker pea paste that got to the back of her throat and her body reacted. I took a bite of the meal myself, and noticed that it disintegrates pretty much as soon as it enters the mouth. But, if she had a bigger bite than normal (and she IS still learning how to eat), I could see how it would cause a problem. So...I do think I'll be adding a bit of formula/water to her next meal. Just to thin it out...we don't want another big scare.

8 comments:

emilyrebekah said...

Oh Sarah! That IS scary! I am so glad Sweet Josefine is just fine... :) I'd panic, too.

Erin said...

I'm glad she's okay! Stuff like that is terrifying.

He & Me + 3 said...

HOly moly. i have been there. It is so scary. I had to actually lift my oldest out of her highchair and flip her upside down while whacking her back. Those darn biter biscuits. the first and last time for those. Glad she is ok. enough to give us moms a heart attack.

Julie said...

Choking is SO scary! Im glad that shes ok. My son was choking on a Snapple lid one time and I couldnt think of a single thing to do, thank God my sis was with me and she calmly popped it out of his throat! I know what your talking about all the thoughts of what not to do and trying to figure out what to do running through your mind. Scary stuff.

natali said...

I'm glad she's okay, too! Must have been scary.

H-Mama said...

It's reasons like this that we have gray hair. :) SO glad she's okay. Huge sigh of relief.

Carrie said...

Wow - that is scary! So glad she's okay!!!

Jewel said...

Terrifying!! I'm so glad your little princess is ok!!

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