Skip Nav
Even Gaston Would Eat Off This Gorgeous Beauty and the Beast Dishware
Painkillers During Pregnancy and After Birth
7 Things to Know About Painkillers During and After Childbirth
Le Creuset
Le Creuset Is Releasing 4 New Calming Colors, and We're Feeling Zen Already
Jennifer Garner Cleaning With Marie Kondo Method Video
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner Faced Her Junk Drawer Like Marie Kondo, and She Found the Most Absurd Items
marie kondo
22 Places to Put Toys Besides the Floor

The Correct Way to Cut Grapes to Avoid Choking Hazard

Did You Know You Should Have Been Cutting Grapes Like This the Whole Time?

We all know we're are supposed to slice grapes before giving them to young children to prevent possible choking. But what if your little one somehow snags a whole one without you realizing? Or what if you've been cutting them — but just the wrong way?

Sophie Jackson found out in the most frightening way possible when her 2-year-old son, Jake, put a few grapes in his mouth and immediately started choking. In her Facebook post detailing the events, she chronicles the steps she took — some incorrect, according to the American Red Cross — that thankfully led to the boy's recovery.

She said she immediately put him over her knee and hit his back several times, and when that didn't work, she put her fingers down his throat. The Red Cross, however, advises that such "back blows" be done in conjunction with abdominal thrusts. Smacking the back alone could move the food into a more dangerous position and make the child stop breathing, as can rooting around in the child's mouth.


Despite not knowing the proper CPR protocol, Sophie — like any mom in such a position — was doing her best and certainly wasn't ready to give up.

I knew I needed to ring an ambulance. Mark got Jake and started hitting Jake's back while he was still unable to breathe while I rang an ambulance. Ellie was crying saying, "He's going to die, Mum, I don't know what to do." Jake was blue and purple and stopped struggling. He wet himself, then my mum forced her fingers down Jake's throat and managed to pop a grape while Mark was still hitting Jake's back. My mom's fingernail popping the grape made the smallest amount for room in Jake's airways, which enabled him to finally have the strength to retch hard and bring out the grape followed by blood and mucous. Jake could finally breathe.

Turns out, the grapes lodged in Jake's mouth were whole, but Sophie soon learned that even if she'd cut them as she always did — width-wise — he still could have choked. Turns out, grapes should be cut length-wise so they can more easily pass through smaller throats.

Jake is at home and doing well and Sophie's message is simple: "I really hope this encourages people to look into children's first aid and always cut grapes. . . . If he ever decides to eat grapes I will always cut them as shown."

From Our Partners
Painkillers During Pregnancy and After Birth
Is It Safe to Eat Lettuce Right Now?
Rael First Period Kits For Teens
What Causes a Person to Be Left-Handed?
Baby Shark on Billboard 100's Top 40 January 2019
Does Pregnancy Affect Your Vision?
How Bullying Affects a Child's Brain
What Is a Fiver Birthday Party?
Baby Chanco Pantene Hair Model
When Should You Stop Taking Birth Control to Get Pregnant?
Jiobit Tracking Device
Fortnite Baby Name Trend
From Our Partners
Latest Family
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds