Dear Helen, my baby is 6 months old and still hasn’t started eating solid foods. However, even the thought of solids makes me insanely afraid. I'm afraid that he will choke. Even when he chokes on my milk, I get overwhelmed because I don’t know how to react. I think my constant fear is not realistic, but I cannot resist the terrible concern that torments me. How can I stop worrying?
Dear mom, while feeding your baby, make sure it is in a semi-sitting position. If the baby starts choking, gently pull the food out of the mouth with a spoon or your fingers. After doing so, calm your baby down, give them some water or tea. If it seems as though he has choked a bit more, that is if he coughs, quickly tilt him forward, remove the food pieces again and then calm him down.