The What, Why and How’s of Choking Hazards

We know how curious children are. And most of the times they end up feeding their curiosity with their mouth. For example, if your child finds something interesting, let’s say a part of the toy, he/she will first analyse it first and then shove it straight into the mouth to feel it! Here’s where choking hazards come in.

What is a choking hazard?

A choking hazard is any object that could be caught in a child’s throat blocking their airway and making it difficult or impossible to breathe. This can be in the form of food, toys or anything small enough to get stuck in your child’s windpipe.

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What foods can be a choking hazard?

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Whole grapes
  • Chunks of cheese
  • Popcorn
  • Raw vegetables
  • Raisins
  • Chewing gum
  • Lollipops

What other items can be considered as a choking hazard?

  • Balloons
  • Coins
  • Marbles
  • Toys with small parts
  • Pen
  • Button Batteries
  • Beads

What precautions should you take while feeding your child?

Make sure your child is sitting in one place while having his/her food. This makes sure he/she is eating in an upright position and his/her focus is solely on food. Also, cut food into small pieces; this will make sure that if your child swallows their food whole, it won’t get stuck in their throat.

Is it important to supervise your children when they are eating?

Yes. You do need to keep an eye out when they are eating. Food can get stuck easily if not supervised, and such situations can turn out to be disastrous in minutes!

How to safe-proof the house from such choking hazards?

Get down to your child’s level and look out for objects they reach out for. If you find such objects, make sure they are unreachable to the child. Also, make sure your children’s toys are always safely put away. Store toys for younger children separate from those for older children.

What precaution should be taken with toys?

The toys are always labelled with a choking hazard sticker if there are small parts involved with the toy. Always ensure you buy age-appropriate toys for your child.

What to do if my child chokes on something?

The best possible action is to be aware of all of the dangers and prevent them. But if at all your child chokes, call emergency services immediately or take him/her to the nearest doctor as soon as possible.

 

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