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Aug 07

Foreign body in the airway

During the course, the instructor and nurses related some of their personal medical experiences on things that a young child can choke on. It is chilling to know that choking on common foods such as sausages, fish balls, grapes, rambutan seeds, peanuts and sweets had caused some children to die. I did a quick check on the Internet and found that babies had even choked to death on baby teething biscuits!

I thank God that my three boys who had gagged on apples, sweets and stringy fruits like the jackfruit at one time or other, managed to cough out the objects.

The instructor explained that there are two passageways in our throat, comprising the trachea (windpipe) which is for breathing and the esophagus (foodpipe) which is where our food goes down.

The opening of the passageways is controlled by a valve or stopper called the epiglottis which will open and close according to our actions. Choking occurs when the food intended for the esophagus ends up in the trachea.

Visible signs of choking include sudden onset of respiratory distress associated with coughing, gagging and wheezing.