Some foods are a choking hazard for young children, and can be particularly difficult to dislodge. It is important for small children that they start with soft mushy cooked foods, and slowly introduce foods with more texture, as their ability to chew becomes better.
An Intensive Care Nurse at the Royal Childrens Hospital and fellow mummy that I met at our childrens swimming lessons, told me about the top 5 foods to avoid, after seeing first hand the foods that cause children to choke. She explained most of the time children are fine eating, but it only takes a child to laugh, jump or fall, and for certain foods to be inhaled and lodged in their airway causing a partial or total blockage.
Top 5 Food Choking Hazards
- Grapes – the perfect size to be inhaled and block an airway – always cut them in half.
- Raw Carrots.
- Hard boiled lollies
Always get your child to sit down quietly to eat, and never talk with a mouth full. Encourage your child to eat slowly, chew food thoroughly and swallow.
Enrol in a First Aid course, so you know what to do if your child is choking and ALWAYS seek urgent Emergency HELP if your child’s airway or breathing is obstructed, time is crucial.