Friday, August 24, 2012

Cut Your Grapes In Half!

Last week a friend, whose daughter is a pediatrician, told me about a 3yo boy who accidently swallowed a whole grape which got stuck in his throat. The grape was eventually removed but the boy had not been breathing for too long and is left with brain damage.

Here is a short (<1 minute) public information film about cutting your grapes and olives in half. The star of the film is DD. It was produced and directed by me.


13 comments:

  1. Also grape tomatoes.

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    1. And indeed any other smooth spherical food items you came across. Thank you.

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  2. What a terrible story. Today we bought a child's lunch (prepacked) from a venue and it contained whole grapes. I happily let my son munch his way through these and the cherry tomatoes that were in it. Food for thought. Thanks.

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    1. Every time I think DD is old enough to cope with grapes on her own I am reminded of these stories. I also once had a student who'd lost her 3yo when she choked on a peanut. All it takes for one moment of excitement or fright and it's too late.

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  3. Agree with Mummy Plum - that's very scary. Little A is always chomping on whole grapes!

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  4. Very sadly, I know of someone who lost a nephew this same way... :(

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    1. Such a tragedy because of a stupid accident.

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  5. Oh dear. I'm paranoid about grapes for exactly this reason. I used to even sometimes go so far as peeling them. Good advice and great vid X

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    1. Yhanks OSM , I'm also a bit paranoid about it.

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  6. I stopped cutting grapes and olives about a year ago, when DD was 3.5 years old. A few months ago, she was eating an olive and she was holding it in her fingers and sucking the juice out of the middle. She accidentally sucked it in straight down her throat and it got stuck. I was right next to her, so realized what happened and managed to get it out (whacked her on the back and put her across my knees and whacked a few more times (first aid training goes out the window when you really need it). She could breathe, but she couldn't talk, so if I hadn't seen it happen then I wouldn't have know what was wrong. It was very scary for both of us

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    1. OMG NIcole, that is so scary. I wonder when it's Ok to let them have whole olives and grapes? Btw - they say you should also cut sausages lengthways for the same reason.

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  7. I enjoy reading an article that can make men and women think.
    Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

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