Safe Kids – Prevent Choking

How To Prevent Choking

One of the many ways that small children and babies explore their surroundings is by putting things in their mouths. Although this is generally harmless it does pose a choking risk. It is possible for a child to choke on any item small enough to become lodged in their airway, although most choking cases are due to food or toys.

Prevent Choking
How To Prevent Choking

  • Have your children sit whilst eating and teach them to chew their food thoroughly. It is important to swallow all food before talking.
  • Serve all food in small bite size pieces
  • Cut things like grapes or cherries into quarters and remove all seeds
  • Be sure to remove the skin from hotdogs and sausages. Cut them into quarters length ways and then cut them again into bite size pieces
  • Cook vegetables until soft instead of serving raw – Vegetables like carrots and celery pose a high choking risk if served raw
  • Be careful if having an adult party where snack foods such as nuts and other finger foods may be served. Make sure that you clean up thoroughly and check the floor for any choking hazard foods that may have fallen
  • Never let the kids run, play, or drive in the car with any candy, chewing gum or lollipops in their mouth
  • Make sure you read all manufacturer food labels to determine the level of choking risk

 

Kids under four should not be given any smooth, hard foods that may block the windpipe including:

  • All types of nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Watermelon (containing seeds)
  • Cherries (with pits)
  • Raw carrots, peas and celery
  • Popcorn
  • All hard candy
  • Raw apples and pears

Some soft foods also can cause choking such as:

  • Cubed cheese
  • Hot dogs
  • Sausages
  • Grapes
  • Candies like caramels

 

Toys And Other Choking Risks

Get down on your hands and knees and double check your floors and any area within grabbing range for things that may be a choking hazard. Remember to check under rugs, cushions, sheets and pillows. Remember to check any low shelves or TV stands.

 

High Choking Risk Items Include:

  • Balloons
  • Doll accessories
  • All toys with small parts
  • Safety pins
  • Coins
  • Paper clips, tacks and other office supplies
  • Marbles and other small balls
  • Nuts, bolts, nails, screws
  • Crayons and erasers
  • Batteries (especially button batteries)
  • Jewellery

Remember:

  • Always read the manufacturers age restrictions on toys before buying and adhere to all warnings
  • Never buy kids toys from vending machines as they do not have to meet any safety regulations
  • Keep small fridge magnets out of reach of children
  • Check all of your children’s toys regularly for broken, loose, or missing parts which may be a choking hazard
  • Teach the older kids to be wary about leaving small toys or pieces of puzzles etc lying around
  • Safely dispose of all batteries and be sure the battery compartment on remote controls or kids toys is not able to be opened by your child

 

As A Further Safety Precaution

Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

• Keep all emergency numbers in an easily accessible place like next to the phone, on the fridge, and in your mobile device

• Create or purchase a first aid kit with a first aid manual inside

• Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors

 

Just A Note

When child proofing any room you can double check by getting down on your hands and knees and looking at everything from a child’s perspective


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