I’m a natural born worrier so I am happy to get behind
this campaign from St John Ambulance. I
was especially worried when my two boys were starting to eat solids and seemed
to have difficulty swallowing their food.
I was always on edge and watching them like a hawk.
On top of that I was panic-stricken about little toys
around the house, I was petrified they would try and swallow something
dangerous. It did not help that my
youngest child was one of them who liked putting sequins up his nose or in his
ear, so I had to have my wits about me more than most…
Children discover the world around them by mouthing new
items; its natural development amongst babies but it’s a tricky journey and one
you need to be prepared for. I would say
be vigilant and try and keep anything small well out of reach, this is harder
said than done if you have older children who are likely to have smaller toys
and leave them dotted around the house.
Get down on to your babies level and see what hazards stand out,
eliminate them from your babies range and swap them for bigger objects that
cannot be swallowed. But in a
worst-case scenario you also need to be ready to handle a choking situation if
you have missed anything.
short video has been designed to get you thinking about the risks around the
house (a pen top, a sweet, a doll, marble or crayon feature in the film) and
what measures you can take to help your baby if the worst happens and they are
having difficulty breathing.
It’s important to clear the airway safely and quickly. The technique you should use which is shown in the video has the potential to save lots of lives so please spread the word and share the video with all of your friends, especially those about to become parents or those that already have a baby.