Do you know the difference between choking and gagging? It's an important distinction to know!
Gagging can be common in those first few months of eating, but it isn't necessarily a bad thing! Gagging is actually your baby's way of preventing choking, as it helps to get the piece of food out of their mouth before they choke on it.
Choking happens when a food makes it past your baby's gag reflex, and ends up in their windpipe.
Most of what people call choking is actually gagging! Gagging can be very dramatic, have your baby end up with a red face, lots of coughing, and can even result in vomiting. It's not pretty, no. But it's not choking.
When your baby is gagging, the best thing you can do is let them figure it out! Don't show them you're scared, don't show them you're anxious, don't get up and pat them on the back. Just let them work it out themselves!
If your baby is choking, it is often a much quieter event. They might turn blue, have a little cough that really doesn't function to get anything out, but they generally don't make noise! If this is happening, then you need to intervene immediately. Regardless of what method you are using to feed your baby (purees OR baby led weaning), someone should be CPR certified in your house, or at the very least know what to do when choking occurs.
Hands down the best way to prevent choking is to use safe feeding practices. Knowing how to cut and prepare foods is so important! If you're feeling at all unsure about this and are doing baby led weaning or serving finger foods, grab my starting solids course. It goes through everything that you need to know to serve SAFE food that will help your child to thrive!
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