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Young children can easily choke on food and everyday objects. You can help prevent your child from choking by offering the right kinds of foods and watching for choking hazards.
To prevent choking, use care when you select and prepare food. Do not give round, firm foods to children younger than age 4 unless the food is chopped completely. Foods that can be choking hazards include:
Young children can choke on:
To help prevent your child from choking on food, follow these basic food safety tips.
Be sure your child sits down while eating and that they chew carefully. Don't allow your child to eat while walking, running, riding in a car, or playing.
These include foods like popcorn, hot dogs, and grapes.
Remove pits and peel fruits before you give them to your child. Fruits can also be diced or cooked and mashed.
Carefully cut the meat off the bone and then into small pieces. Check meat thoroughly for any signs of bones.
A spoonful of peanut butter can block the windpipe. Peanut butter can also stick to the lining of the throat and windpipe, making a child unable to breathe. Only allow peanut butter that is spread thinly on a slice of bread or a cracker.
Slice and dice these meats. You may want to remove the skin before you cut them.
Peel and mash grapes before you serve them.
Mash beans before you serve them.
Each single pea is small. But a child who eats more than one pea at a time may choke.
A child may break off too big a bite and choke. Cook carrots and cut them into smaller pieces. Or cut raw carrots into thin slices.
You can help prevent your child from choking by following basic safety tips.
Choking hazards include:
If small objects fit inside, they could become lodged in the throat of a young child.
Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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