Choking on food

Problem: Choking and suffocation, especially for children under 3 years old

Solution:

  • Do not serve young children foods that are hard to chew, such as:
    • Sausages, hot dogs, and other long thin foods
    • Whole grapes
    • Hard candy
    • Nuts
    • Seeds
    • Raw peas
    • Dried fruit other than soft raisins
    • Pretzels
    • Chips
    • Peanuts
    • Popcorn
    • Marshmallows
    • Spoonfuls of peanut butter and other thick, sticky substances
    • Raw carrot rounds
  • Also, do not leave children unattended near the following toys and objects, which can cause choking:
    • Lego pieces
    • Beads
    • Coins
    • Small wads of paper
    • Paper clips
    • Safety pins
    • Loose buttons
    • Latex balloons (deflated or broken balloons can choke children)
    • Eyes and noses that break off of stuffed animals
    • Buttons that break off of doll clothes
    • Plastic hats or shoes on dolls and action figures
    • Styrofoam objects
    • Plastic bags
    • Small button batteries can choke and are also poisonous