My Son Was Choking on a Bottle Cap and I Cannot Get the Image Out of My Head: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice after her child almost choked on a bottle cap. Although the mom was able to remove the cap from her son’s throat before he choked, saving his life, she admits that she still can’t get the images of her son choking out of her head. Now she’s asking anyone who has ever been through a similar experience, how they coped with it.

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A member of the community asks:

“Yesterday was the scariest day of my life. I watched my 14-month-old son put a bottle cap in his mouth, and as I got up to take it away, he began choking. I knew baby CPR but not the baby Heimlich, and I put my finger in his throat and was luckily able to pull the cap out after about 15-20 seconds of him choking. I know I saved my son’s life, but I cannot stop seeing his poor face frantically trying to breathe.

I don’t know what to do or if I will feel better, and it’s causing me to seriously feel depressed. I know I saved his life, but I still feel guilty for having to put my finger down his throat. Has anyone had any experience like mine? What helped you feel better, if anything? Please share stories and advice if you have any.”

– Mamas Uncut Community Member

Community Advice for This Mom Who Can’t Get the Images of Her Son Who Choked Out of Her Head

To see what advice the Mamas Uncut Facebook community has for this mom in need, read the comments of the post embedded below.

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Many of our community members admit that while those memories will be with her forever, it does get better. One person wrote, “Been there, from 2 out of 4 of my boys have. They always [seem] to find something to put in their mouths. You did the only thing you knew to do. Yes, you feel bad and see [it] in your mind more than you want to. What I think when I see it, they are alive happy and healthy.”

Another person wrote, “Don’t beat yourself up and power up. Call around and find the nearest infant CPR class. Your pediatrician will most definitely have that info. I have 4 children and have watched many. It’s happened. That training has given power over that fear.”

And one mom added, “Use your experience to remind others of how easily this happened. Find out local CPR classes and tell people. Spread the word!”

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