Introducing new foods to a baby is exciting and nerve racking at the same time – there are new tastes to try, but there’s also the worry of choking.
But there is a really simple way to test if a new food is safe for your little foodie – and it’s called the Squish Test.
Paramedic Nikki Jurcutz and her sister Rach Waia head up Tiny Hearts Education, which runs online baby first aid courses. And they’ve shared this useful tip to check a whether a food is safe for your little one to eat.
“This easy trick is a quick way for you to test if a food is safe to give to your little one,” they explain. “Pinch the food between your pointer finger and thumb to mimic the pressure of a toothless gum chewing it. If the food squishes easily, it’s likely safe to give to bub.
“If it doesn’t easily squish, you need to modify, substitute or avoid it to minimise the risk of choking. In saying that, anyone can choke on anything, so knowing what to do is so, so important.
“If bub is choking, remember; ‘5 to stay alive’. 5 back blows, followed by 5 chest thrusts over and over until the obstruction is cleared, the ambulance arrives and takes over, or bub goes unconscious and needs CPR.”
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