Examples of items that can be a choking risk
Items that can pose as a choking risk for young children include food (such as lollipops or other sweets, raw apples, pieces of meat, nuts and seeds, etc.), household items (for example coins, small batteries or even jewellery!), toys and toy parts (like marbles or balloons that are not inflated or those that have popped), garden objects (such as pebbles) as well as any other small objects.
Here are some ways to help prevent your child from choking:
Cut food into small pieces
If you have very young children who are still learning to chew properly, be sure to cut their food into very little pieces to limit the chance of them choking. Remember that hard foods can also be cooked, grated or even mashed to facilitate the eating process.
Sit down when eating
Insist that your child be seated when it is meal or snack time. Running around or playing increases your child’s risk of choking.
Be careful with nuts
Nuts are a very common food that children tend to choke over. Children are generally able to eat nuts safely from about three years of age but obviously this varies from one child to the next, so be cautious when giving your children nuts to snack on.
Put small objects away
Small objects should not be within reach if young children. Always take a look around to check whether any toys or other objects can pose as a choking risk before letting your child play in the room.
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