After a choking scare, Texas mom Jennifer Hull wants more parents to be prepared.
Luckily, mom Jennifer Hull was standing nearby. She had learned the Heimlich maneuver in a hospital baby class, so when her daughter came running towards her, blue in the face and gasping for air, she knew immediately what to do.
First, Hull told ABC News, she instructed Hatilynn to grab some water and began to hit Hollis on her back. When nothing happened, she started performing the Heimlich maneuver until the piece of food came flying out. The entire incident was captured on the family's Nanny cam:
What a courageous, quick-thinking mama!
"We sat in these classes before we had kiddos and they were teaching us exactly what to do in these moments," Hull explains in the above video, trying to choke back tears. "I remember how scared I was. And I'm just really thankful that it went the way it went."
And even though Jennifer and her husband Tyler initially cried and felt helpless as they watched the scenario play back on the Nanny cam, they eventually decided to share the experience on Facebook.
"At first I was reluctant to share the actual footage of her choking because it's so personal," Jennifer explained, adding that she changed her mind after realizing the scary video might encourage other parents to be more proactive about child safety during pregnancy.
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"We sat through every class that our hospital gave," she said. "It's the least that you can do if you're going to bring a baby into the world."
Would you know what to do if your toddler was choking? I'm not sure I would. So here's a quick refresher:
- Stand behind her with your arms around her waist
- Make a fist with one hand, placing the thumb side against the child's stomach above the navel, but below the rib cage.
- Grasp the fist with your other hand and quickly thrust inward and upward.
- The Red Cross recommends alternating abdominal thrusts with back slaps to try to dislodge the object.
For more detailed information on rescuing a choking child, click here.
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.