Help! Choking incidents -- why and how?
Ladies, please help me figure this out! I'm out of my mind with fear over this now. My son almost choked to death tonight on a piece of apple -- a piece he bit off. I did the baby heimlich, had him upside down, was screaming for someone to call 911 when we finally got it up. His lips were white, and he was spitting blood and his nose was bleeding a little. I can hardly type this, but I need to understand it. A short while longer, and it would have been too late.
When it happened, he was sitting in his high chair beside me at dinner. The apple he was eating was sliced into "chip-sized" pieces, like french fries, as the BLS pandits suggest.
I would consider it the kind of random thing that can happen to anyone, but the same thing happened yesterday! Yesterday I got it on the first baby heimlich round, so I didn't even have time to get freaked out before it was taken care of, but it was no less serious choking. Yesterday it was a piece of dried apple.
Has anyone else heard of a choking-risk developmental phase or condition to watch out for? Why would it be happening now? Felix will be one on Saturday, and though he was premature, he is pretty caught up developmentally -- he took his first run of unassisted steps today, so right on the milestone mean. His pincer grasp is excellent. We transitioned to BLS/W about 6 weeks ago and it has been going great. But should I stop? He loves apple and even has a sound-word for it, but I dont know when I'll be able to let him eat them again. Could he not be ready? Could it be teething (in which we are deeply submerged this week)?
Any speculations or stories, or just reassurance, will be greatly appreciated.
Mother to a sweet boy, born at 34 weeks on 2/11/11.
Proud that I grew 26 lbs of baby before solids, and still counting...
We received banked milk in the NICU. Thank you, donors!!!