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People around us and their definition of choking

This post is really more of a rant than a fact or experience or anything useful like that. My current bugbear is the use over-use of the work 'choking'. Relatives are always saying Boomer is 'choking!'.

Choking to me is a severe restriction or blockage of the airways resulting in no air getting in, NOT a slight gulp/sneeze/snivel. She can be quite happily eating bits of food, without even any gagging and people around her are convinced she’s choking. Are there subtleties to the word choking that I am unaware of?

Plus they do that annoying baby ventriloquism to express their views… “Oh she’s saying Mummy, why can’t I have a bit of strawberry tart?”. No, she’s not, she’s trying to eat a paper napkin. And nor would she like a bit of sugar on her fruit to sweeten it up, while we're about it.

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6 Responses to “People around us and their definition of choking”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I was just talking to my Mum about this at the weekend. We decided people are terrified of babies choking (rightly so), but do indeed describe their normal retching as choking. If you can take a step back from it, it seems obviously that if littlies try and swallow something too big then they'll cough, move it to the front of their mouth and spit it out. And if they are Minky, they will then pick it up and give it another go.
    Although my Mum was wise about this, she is obssessed with me putting a “little bit of brown sugar” on Minky's porridge!

  2. Anonymous says:

    poor Minky having to have plain old porridge – what about some treacle syrup, a few chocolate chips and a good slosh of brandy to help her sleep.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ha ha.
    To be fair, she either has a pear or a nectarine with it and then chomps her way through dried apricots if she's that way inclined. Poor, neglected child.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Poor child having to just have fruit that is almost neglect

  5. Anonymous says:

    Morv, can I have a good slosh of brandy to help me sleep? Pleeeaaase?

  6. Anonymous says:

    oh how this made me chuckle!! My MIL is such a baby ventriloquist!! Drives me bonkers.

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