Country singer Ned LeDoux is grieving the sudden death of his 2-year-old daughter after choking at home.
The toddler, named Haven, choked last week and died after the incident in Kansas. LeDoux’s wife, Morgan, posted a message on her Facebook after the tragedy.
“It is with great sadness that Ned & Morgan inform friends and fans that their two-year-old daughter Haven passed away on October 20th due to a tragic choking accident in the home. The LeDoux family appreciates your love and support and is requesting privacy at this time,” the statement read.
Paramedics attempted to resuscitate the girl but they were unsuccessful, according to the family.
Haven had just turned 2 in September. The couple has one other child, a son named Branson.
How Common Is Choking?
At least one child dies from choking on food every 5 days in the U.S., and more than 12,000 children are hospitalized from choking injuries each year, according to the New York State Department of Health.
Tips for Preventing Choking
The CDC has tips for parents to help prevent choking incidents. The agency encourages parents or guardians to have children sit up while eating and avoid eating while in the car or in their stroller. They should also have children eat things that are appropriate for their age, which can be found here.
Small items like coins, buttons or toys with small parts should be kept away from young children because they can be potentially dangerous and become lodged in the child's throat.
Signs of Choking
If a kid does begin choking, they will be unable to talk, have difficulty breathing, be coughing, turning blue in skin and nails and possibly lose consciousness, according to the MayoClinic.
What to Do in a Choking Emergency
If the child is younger than 1 year old, you should take a seat and hold the infant on your forearm facedown, resting on your thigh. Support the child's head and neck with the hand of that arm and lower the head below the rest of the body.
Using the heel of your hand, thump the middle of child's back firmly five times. Gravity should help the back blows dislodge the object.
If the child still is not breathing, turn the infant over and use two fingers to give quick chest compressions at the center of the breastbone, pressing down about 1.5 inches and letting the chest rise again between compressions.
Repeat, and call 911
If the child is older than age 1, and conscious, give abdominal thrusts using the Heimlich maneuver. Kneel behind the child, wrap your arms around their waist and lean them slightly forward. Make a fist with one hand and put it just above the belly button. Grasping the fist with your other hand, press firmly into the abdomen with a quick and upward thrust, as if trying to lift up the child. Do this between six and 10 times. Call 911 if the item is not dislodged.