By Kylie - 26/01/2010 16:13 - United States
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I wouldn't start slapping a kid on the back until I was sure they were actually choking. She could have been sitting next to him while he was eating lunch, heard him cough once and been unsure if it was just a cough or him choking, and put one hand in front of his mouth and the other on his back to be ready to pat him if he kept coughing. It's what I would do.
The fact you must consider is slapping a young child on the back if he is coughing/choking they tend to throw up. OP was right in mind to slap the child on the back attempt to catch what he or she was choking on to identify the problem and watch for it for futre reference. You did the right thing OP you should be proudly covered in toddlers puke. ps Read many if your comments twinkle it warms my heart to see some people look at both the FML and the YDI sides of the story unlike many people who just post a pointless comment. Peace out x
I would have done the same thing ... u don't want to wait til the kid is dead to see if they are choking... in the babysitting course I took they teach you to react rite away, but wut I would have done different is not pat on the back, that can lodge food in farther, you have to do the himlik (srry for the spelling) maybe he was chokin and the barf was his body tryin to get it out of his throat... u never no
Umm, In CPR classes I took, we were taught to never slap someone on the back. Also, you never give the heimlich unless there is no coughing. As someone said above, as long as they are coughing, air is getting through. The heimlich would not work in that situation. Basically, I don't think this is an FML or a YDI. It's daycare. Shit happens. It comes with the job.
Back slapping is still considered the standard method with choking children. I said if it did happen to knock it further down, presumably preventing air getting through, then you would do the heimlich. She didn't do anything because he was still coughing, but I was just assuming that she was ready to if the coughing turned to choking.
If the child is coughing then air is getting through and it's recommended that you encourage the child to continue coughing until the object dislodges, or until the child stop coughing and appears to actually be unable to take oxygen into their lungs, at which point you begin administering the Heimlich. I work at a daycare as well and had a toddler choke on a piece of food. I held my hand in front of her mouth to catch the food when she coughed it out so it wouldn't land on someone's plate. Instead of being an ass, why don't you learn a little about life-saving techniques.
^ This. I've worked in two daycares, and I've been puked on at least 3 times, peed on once, cleaned poop out from under a child's fingernails (shoved his hand in his diaper), and had my mouth sneezed in while talking. I know it sucks, but if you can't handle it, you're working the wrong job.
so having a kid spit up some mystery object in your hand is okay, but puke isn't...
So when a kid may be choking, your first reaction is to stick your hand in their face instead of, you know, trying to save their life? It sucks that you were puked on, but it wouldn't have sucked more if the boy died. Plus, you work at a daycare, this is almost inevitable.