Fibre - Your top questions
We often read about the benefits of fibre for our overall health and specifically for our gut. Our In-House Paediatrician Dr Sophie is here to answer your top questions about fibre for your little one.
What is choking?
Babies choke when something blocks their airway and they can’t cough it up. Food can block airways, but it is possible to choke on drinks or small toys as well. Remember, this is a very rare event but if it happens, the person choking will go completely silent and turn blue.
How to avoid choking:
What to do when your little one is choking:
I highly recommend booking a first aid course before you start weaning. This way you can do some dry runs and memorise what to do in case of an emergency.
What is gagging?
Our babies are incredibly smart. Their inborn gagging reflex will usually prevent any blockage of the airway. Think about what happens when, by accident, you touch the back of your throat with a toothbrush. You will trigger your own gag reflex and try to bring the object out of your mouth. The same happens to babies, only that their reflex spot sits much closer to the lips, somewhere in the area of their palate. If their reflex is triggered, they will turn red and start sputtering and coughing.
What to do when your little one is gagging:
Stay calm and let them deal with it. It is a way of keeping them safe, any intervention might irritate them and make things worse.
I am still worried:
It is ok to be worried. Educating yourself about the difference between gagging and choking and booking a first aid course will make you feel more confident. Start with finger foods when you and your little one feel ready, it is ok to wait. Start with soft pieces which can almost melt in your little one’s mouth, such as a softly steamed broccoli floret, a slice of avocado or a slice of mango. Take it step by step and progress as you feel more comfortable.
Loud and red, let them go ahead
Silent and blue, they need help from you
Signs of gagging:
Signs of choking: