BestCPR student saves infant!
I was working full time as a nanny. Lauren was 10 months at the time and was learning how to eat solid foods. One day, I was feeding her small pieces of fruit and one got stuck. She went silent, kind of turned red, and looked at with me big eyes. Overall, she looked stressed and confused. I knew immediately what was happening because she did not make a single noise, not even coughing sounds.
I pulled her out of her high chair, threw her upside with her face in the palm of my hand, and hit her upper back 3 times. A piece of food shot out and onto the ground. I think it came out the second time I hit her. However, my adrenaline was pumping and by the time I registered it was out, I already had hit her a third time.
She had tears coming down her cheeks, but she didn’t even cry. It seemed like she was overall relieved, but totally fine once she could breathe. I’m pretty sure I was shaking for the next hour though. I was nervous she would have bruised, but she never did. That’s when I realized that I did not hit nearly as hard as I thought I did.
One month later, she did it again, but with the parents when I wasn’t there. I had previously told them what had happened and how I had handled it. As a result, her father did the same thing and saved her again!
I learned the skills in your class and I am now able to help educate other people. I’m so thankful she is okay. She’s running and talking now. :) I appreciate everything you taught me!
Farley J. Kautz