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My ten month old choked on medicine

Anonymous

My ten month old choked on medicine ( Claritin ) horribly couldn’t stop coughing to breathe. It was awful. Should I be concerned now that it’s over? Has anyone been through this. It’s all I can think about now

  • Sara
    May 21

    If he stopped breathing for a period of time, you may want to call your pediatrician and just make sure he doesn't need to get checked out. Chances are it was probably more scary for you than anything actually harmful to him, but never hurts to call and double check.

  • Anonymous
    May 21

    Well I don’t think he actually stopped breathing , more like just back to back coughs making it seem like he couldn’t breathe. The whole thing lasted probably 20 -30 seconds but felt like forever!!! Thank you for response

  • Elle
    May 21

    Sounds like your child *gagged* vs choked. Not nit picking here; the difference is important. Googling the difference may give you peace of mind.

  • Anonymous
    May 21

    Oh ok I appreciate your comment! I honestly was not aware of the difference thank you I may look it up later , although I don’t even want to get back into googling right now as it usually freaks me out!! Lol

  • Elle
    May 21

    I didnt know the difference, either, before having a kid. It's empowering to be able to spot differt indications of one thing or another. Gagging is natural, and helps them learn how big of a gulp/swallow to take [by learning what not to do!], which makes choking elss likely. All the best!

  • Anonymous
    May 21

    So you can gag even if it’s a liquid? I didn’t realize that, I thought gagging was just with food

  • Anonymous
    May 23

    Yes, you can gag with liquid. Also, another thing that may offer some peace of mind, if they are coughing, they're breathing. Coughing, gagging, etc. Still gets air to the lungs.

  • Deneen
    Yesterday

    Coughing is the natural reflex to prevent choking. If there is choking, you will not hear a peep. If the baby is coughing, they will most likely dislodge it themself. If they stop coughing or crying and look wide eyed red or blue in the face or putting their hands near mouth or throat. Quickly pick up the baby put them face down on your one arm head towards floor and smack the hell out of their back! If lose consciousness and alone call 911 put on speaker don’t even wait to let them answer, start what I just said then flip them over and give them 2 breathes (mouth over baby’s nose and mouth) enough to make the belly rise. Flip over smack again. I’m reading this thread and it worried me that some don’t know the difference. Not trying to sound like a jerk but please look into taking a CPR class. This is the only thing that will give you peace of mind. It doesn’t cost much. Red Cross does classes. Maybe even have a parent/ CPR class. I had my 5 month old close to choking on a peace of bread that the dog stole and left on the floor. I t was instinct to grab him and flip him upside down and smack his back. Still scared the crap out of me. I am a post op nurse and see so many kids go through that have swallowed coins and such. I’m still paranoid about that cause my baby picks up everything and is sooo fast. I hope this helps and you don’t take it the wrong way. 😊 I feel your pain and fear though!! Same here!