What foods present a choking risk for children?
Toddlers delight in feeding themselves. However, parents of young
children need to be cautious at the table.
that are hard, round or difficult to chew can sometimes lodge in
small airways, causing a child to choke. To be on the safe side,
consider the following advice on finger foods for children less
than 3 years of age:
- Avoid giving hard, or difficult-to-chew-foods such as raw carrots
and other crunchy vegetables, hard candy, lollipops, peanuts,
- Modify the shape and texture of firm foods. Cut grapes into
quarters, hot dogs into fine sticks rather than round slices,
chop apples and firm fruits into very small pieces, and cook carrots
and hard vegetables until soft, then cut into small pieces.
Keep an eye on small children when they are eating. Small children
may eat in a hurry, stuff too much food in their mouths, or chew
their food inadequately. To avoid accidents, children should not
be allowed o run or play with food while chewing. Feed small children
only when they are sitting down and are in a relaxed atmosphere.
Train toddlers to chew their food thoroughly before swallowing.
(1 to 3 years of age)
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