A child choking is among every parent’s greatest fears and one which was shockingly real for the Donegal mum behind this weekend’s (August 20 and 21) Bump and Baby Expo Letterkenny.Witnessing her baby girl choking on a small piece of ice cream wrapper for several minutes was one of the scariest moments of Martina Cullen’s life. The traumatic incident involving her first child, at the age of just 10 months, left her regretting that she’d never learned how to respond to such a life-threatening situation.When she set about organising a two-day baby show featuring the latest products, services and expert advice for parents, top of her list was the provision of expert advice on child choking and first aid. “There were so many things I hadn’t a clue about as a first time parent but in hindsight child first aid is vitally important.“To see your baby choking is a horrific experience. Our little girl was playing on a mat when all of a sudden she went quiet. My husband lifted her up and saw she was in distress – unable to breath, gasping to get air.“In that moment we both realised that we didn’t know what to do. We tried slapping her gently on the back but didn’t want to hurt her, we tried looking in her mouth but nothing was visible. We had no idea what she had swallowed.“She was turning blue. Within 30 seconds we were in the car and on the way to the hospital which was only a few minutes from the house. My husband kept tapping her on the back the whole way. It wasn’t until we were pulling into the hospital grounds that she finally vomited and started to breathe once again. Words can’t describe the relief as we pulled into A&E and she was smiling as though completely unaware of the danger. “We were lucky, sadly it can be a different story for other families. That’s why two of our key talks during the Bump and Baby Expo Letterkenny in the Radisson Blu Hotel on Saturday and Sunday will be delivered by First Aid Aware on ‘What to do when a child is choking’ and ‘Choking hazards and what to look out for’.”First Aid Aware Paediatric Instructor Niall Clancy said families should be aware of the dangers to infants and young children to be best placed to deal with situations.“Choking is one of the main causes of cardiac arrest in children so it’s very important for parents and anyone responsible for children to know how to react. We’re delighted to be taking part in the Bump and Baby Expo Letterkenny where we’ll be giving people a chance to learn about what to do when a child is choking and allowing them to practice the techniques on mannequins. We’ll also be advising people on what dangers to look out for and explaining that if an item can fit through the inside of a toilet toll then it may represent a choking hazard,” he said.In establishing Bump and Baby Expo, Martina aimed to give parents “information that really matters” all under one roof.The career mum – who co-founded human resources and employment law consultancy, HR Team while pregnant with her second child and following a successful career as operations manager for a multinational retailer – said the event will be highly informative in everything needed from pregnancy to pre-school.“I have two bouncing baby girls aged one and three and – as anyone with young children will tell you – it can be hard to keep up with the latest information on products, child safety and health matters for mums and babies. “The whole idea behind the Bump and Baby Expo is to provide expert advice, the best products and most beneficial services needed by families with babies and young children.Bump and Baby Expo Letterkenny, will include eight expert talks each day including: ‘Signs of labour’ and ‘What to take in your baby bag’ by midwife Aine McDermott; ‘Benefits of breast feeding’ and ‘How to best use your baby sling’ by Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Blooming Gorgeous; ‘How Chiropractic care can help mother and baby’ by Dr Julie Szabo, Chiropractor; ‘How to stay fit during and after pregnancy’ and ‘How to ensure good nutrition during pregnancy’ by Neil Barrett, Fit Hub; ‘Baby nutrition and natural healthcare’ by Patricia Swann, Holistic Health Therapies; ‘Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation’ by Caroline Doherty, Donegal Placenta Encapsulation and ‘Taking care of your skin during and after pregnancy’ by Aoibheann Walsh, G&G.For further information on Bump and Baby Expo log on to www.bumpandbabyexpo.com or Facebook.How a choking child sparked Donegal mum’s idea for Baby Expo was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Premier League The importance of Mustafi in Arsenal’s newfound solidity Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town Opinion The German international is proving his doubters wrong with a series of confident performances at the heart of the Gunners’ defence Life at Arsenal couldn’t have started any better for Shkodran Mustafi when he arrived from Valencia for a fee in the region of £35 million last summer. An unbeaten run of 19 games, plaudits for slotting into a defence which more often than not has come unstuck over the years and statistics emphasising his defensive qualities only justified his price tag further.Arsenal 6/4 to beat Man UtdIt’s fair to say that it was only a matter of time before critics would pounce on any weakness the 24-year-old would show, and an unfortunate hamstring injury during the crucial festive fixtures hampered Mustafi’s campaign from there on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mustafi missed games against Manchester City, Everton and West Brom over the space of 21 days with that trio of matches providing the start of a drastic change of fortunes for Arsenal in the second half of the season. The former Everton man eventually did make his return to the team but results worsened and a thigh injury in April curtailed a season that started so well.His aggression, speed to the ball and passing ability were all lauded at times last season and it’s taken two games in the new season to remind supporters that Mustafi is a defender who means business. Arsenal have conceded one goal in their last seven Premier League games with the centre half in defence, compared to 15 conceded when he isn’t in the backline. With Mustafi PL 2017-18 Without Mustafi 7 Games 6 5 Wins 3 1 Draws 0 1 Losses 3 669 Minutes Played 585 1 Goals Conceded 15 0.1 Conceded/90 2.3 669 Mins/Goal Conceded 39 71% Win % 50% When Goal sat down with Mustafi this time last year, he revealed that Arsenal’s style of play demands every single player on the pitch to be able to maintain and distribute possession – including the goalkeeper. Mustafi’s own awareness of different systems and ability to learn quickly makes him one of the Premier League’s most impressive and burgeoning defenders.”Especially playing for Arsenal, you have to play because the game today demands you to play. Even the right-back, left-back and goalkeepers are now asked to play from the back. Big teams want goalkeepers who are not only good on the line but good with their feet as well.”If you want to keep playing you have to have the quality to play out from the back. It gives the team so much quality because if you just tell the striker, ‘You have to get the ball from the goalkeeper and you have to make everything on your own’, he’s going to say, ‘OK, I can do that for one or two games, but 40 games?'”It’s going to be difficult. You have to give them a hand and we want them to give us a hand as well in defending because if everyone is running at the back four, you can stop a few attacks but at the end it’s going to be too much.”Mustafi’s slide tackling has appeared more rational this season and he appears to have learnt from his fellow central defender Laurent Koscielny, a player who was in a similar mould to the German when he arrived in north London seven years ago. The 0-0 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge where Mustafi had a goal ruled out for offside was an example of how things can change so quickly in football, yet it was the goal against Tottenham two weeks ago which really got people talking about him once again.”I understand the English mentality and they are so strong mentally. Even if you are winning three or four-nil, the teams are not dead – they just score one and they become alive. This is something I really like about English football, that they just go on until the last minute.”Defenders will always court criticism because mistakes and goals are inevitably laid at their door. Mustafi is a grounded, intelligent person off the pitch and it certainly shows when he’s in the Arsenal back four. His communication skills are second to none and passion to play at the highest level cannot be questioned either – and when you see the way he conducts himself, he’s exactly the kind of defender Arsenal fans have been crying out for.“That’s you guys thinking it,” he told reporters after the recent north London derby win. “As always – Arsenal is dead. Arsenal is not coming back. It’s always the same. It’s about what the team is thinking and feeling. We keep saying it that we are always alive, we always believe in ourselves, we always try to give everything on the pitch.”With backroom additions and players like Mustafi living up to the expectations set of them, Arsenal are certainly not dead. If the World Cup winner can continue to build up a run of games alongside Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal in the three-man defence then the future certainly looks bright for both club and player. 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