Problem: choking, suffocation
Balloons are fun, but they’re not toys. Children are attracted to the bright colors and will bite them, or put pieces of broken or deflated balloons in their mouths and may choke. When a child bites an inflated balloon, a piece of latex can blow out into the child’s airway.
To avoid this danger:
- Remove all latex balloons from areas where children live and play.
- During times when balloons are around (such as during parties), closely supervise children.
- Use Mylar® foil balloons instead of those made of latex.