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'My 3-Year-Old Choked On A 25 Centavo Coin' Mom Pleads With Parents Never To Let Kids Out Of Sight

She also reminds all parents to learn first aid techniques.
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The following story was shared by an anonymous parent in Smart Parenting Village.  Minor edits have been made for clarity.

"I never expected that it would happen to us but it did.

Last week, while my firstborn was preparing for school and I was busy fixing my things as I was also preparing to attend an important meeting, my three year-old daughter who was having tantrums, suddenly placed her hand inside her mouth and was crying. I was about to scold her when I noticed that she was trying to remove something inside her mouth. 

I panicked and called my son to help his sister. My husband came rushing and did Heimlich maneuver to our daughter. And a 25 centavo coin came out from her mouth. I immediately embraced her and thank God that she was able to gag out the coin. 

That incident haunted me for days. All the what ifs came rushing in. What if my husband did not know how to do Heimlich maneuver? What if my daughter was alone when that happened? What if the coin did not come out?

After that, hubby  and I processed what happened and we decided to do a clean up of our house and remove all small items to avoid another accident from happening. We did not know where she got that coin but we already kept all coins out of her reach. Because no matter how careful we are, things can happen. Hubby  also told us not to panic so we can think clearly. By the way, we do not have a helper. 

To all parents, let us keep our eyes on our small kids. Let us not put our guards down. Keep small items out of their reach.

Learn emergency maneuvers so you will know what to do when untoward incidents happen and do not panic. And lastly, let us cover them with prayers because only God can give them full protection."

RELATED: 3 Vital Steps When You Do First Aid on Choking Preggos and Babies

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What are choking hazards for small children?

Kansas-based Saint Luke's Health System website defines choking hazard for kids as "Any object small enough to enter a child's airway can block it." These might include but are not limited to:

  • Small pieces of food like nuts, grapes, beans, popcorn, hotdog pieces, or food that hasn’t been chewed well
  • Small household objects, such as buttons, marbles, coins, balloons, or beads
  • Small toy parts
  • Button batteries, such as those used for watches, cameras, and small electronics

Signs of choking

Look out for these signs to verify if a child is choking:

  • Violent coughing
  • A high-pitched sound when breathing in
  • Being unable to cough, breathe, cry, or speak
  • Face that turns pale and blue-tinted
  • Clutching at their throat

What to do if a child (ages 1 and up) is choking

According to Saint Luke's website, the course of action differs depending on the situation. Do this if your child has trouble breathing but is coughing loudly and can speak: 

  1. Do not put your fingers in the child's mouth as it may lodge the choking hazard in further.
  2. Call an emergency hotline.
  3. Encourage the child to cough until the object comes out. Don't do the Heimlich maneuver. The child's cough is better than the Heimlich maneuver.
  4. Watch the child closely to make sure the object comes out and doesn’t shift to fully block the throat.

If your child has trouble breathing but can't talk or make sounds and is conscious:

  1. Do not put your fingers in the child's mouth as it may lodge the choking hazard in further.
  2. Have someone nearby call an emergency hotline. 
  3. Do the Heimlich maneuver: 
  • Position yourself behind the person, and wrap your arms around his abdomen. If you're a right-handed person, place the ring finger of your left hand on the person's navel. 
  • On top of your hand placement, make a fist with your thumb against the person's abdomen and support if with your other hand. Then, thrust with an inward-upward motion, like a letter J. 
  • Do this until the blockage in his airways comes out. 
  • Remember, don't stand in front of the person while you're doing the Heimlich maneuver. (Read more about Heimlich maneuver variations depending on the case based on this previous Smart Parenting article)

Read this to know about how to help a choking baby.


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