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Tuesday, 21 November 2017
 
 
Gagging/Choking Print
My daughter chokes a lot. Way more than normal. She also gags herself with her finger and I have to watch her and distract her from doing that. She puts her finger down her throat TO MAKE HERSELF GAG! That is why her finger is there. She does it very deliberately. It appears to be a control issue. This is what normally happened during our holding sessions:

Child: Baba baba baba baba baba baba baba baba baba!! (baba = bottle)
Mom: You don't need a baba. Mama decides when you need a baba. Mama takes care of you.
Child: cough, cough, cough, cough, cough, gag, gag, gag, wretch, wretch, wretch, (look at mom for reaction)

Next:

Child: bee bee bee bee bee bee bee bee bee bee bee bee (blanket)
Mom: You don't need your bee. Mama will cuddle with you.
Child: cough, cough, cough, cough, cough, gag, gag, gag, wretch, wretch, wretch, (look at mom for reaction)

Next:

Child: dada dada dada dada dada dada dada dada dada dada dada
Mom: Yes, Daddy loves you. He wants Mommy to hold you and love you.
Child: cough, cough, cough, cough, cough, cough, cough, gag, gag, gag, wretch, wretch, wretch (look at mom for reaction)

She even did this when our attachment therapist was here. Well, this baba, bee, dada thing has been following a pattern. She goes through this many times during our holding sessions. The other day, this is what I did:

Child: Baba baba baba baba baba baba baba baba baba!! (baba = bottle)
Mom: Mommy decides when you need a baba. Mommy takes care of you.
Child: cough, cough, cough, cough, cough, cough, cough, gag, gag, gag, wretch, wretch, wretch (look at mom for reaction)
Mom: (Very sing-song baby talk voice) Oh, honey. Mommy understands. You just cough all you need to. You just throw up on Mommy if you need to. Mommy understands. It's ok, baby.
Child: ( Stops. Looks at mommy. Screams.) Bee, bee, bee!

We went through all three and when she figured out that it was ok with me if she puked on me, guess what? IT'S A MIRACLE!!!!! She was instantaneously HEALED of her gagging cough!!!!!!! (a. 7mo, FC)
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