After spending many of my adolescent summers as a lifeguard, being certified in CPR and lifesaving was a mandatory prerequisite. Luckily, I never had to use CPR or the Heimlich Maneuver on anyone during my lifeguarding stint, but rather spent my shifts tanning and checking out bikinis with my sunglasses on. But twice in the last year (and just yesterday) I had to use the Heimlich Maneuver. We were having a normal breakfast yesterday morning and my sons were eating cereal and fruit bars off the rotating Miralle breakfast menu. Then suddenly my wife let out a scream while she looked over at Micah, who will be two later this month. As he was holding his throat, his face was turning red and his eyes were bulging, while not making a sound. My wife started to panic, but without really thinking I calmly walked behind him, wrapped my arms around him and put my right hand in a fist, and gave him a quick thrust near his solar plexus region below his ribs an above his belly button. The obstruction of a balled-up piece of fruit bar popped out and he immediately started to breath and talk. We coolly told him he should take smaller bites of his food, and everything was back to normal. Just last fall Lauren’s grandmother Janey choked on something during our Thanksgiving dinner and I did the same thing, which easily opened her airway. I cannot stress how important it is to know the Heimlich and CPR especially if you have children or elderly family members. We also just enrolled both kids in swim lessons this week to prepare them for the pool parties and beach time this summer, which is another must for water safety and toddlers in my opinion.
There are different techniques for the Heimlich and CPR for adults, children, and infants and you can go to the American Heart Association site for more info on the Heimlich Maneuver and how to properly administer here:
And more information on CPR and getting certified here: