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Foods Choking Hazards

Foods with Choking Hazards

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Introducing finger foods to your kid is a great way to encourage self-feeding. However, certain finger foods can cause choking in kids and hence need to be avoided.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Reasons Why Kids are Vulnerable to Choking

Kids have small airways. When kids eat small foods, such as nuts, they can easily obstruct the airway causing choking. Moreover, once obstructed, kids might not be able to cough forcefully enough to get rid of an obstruction like adults. Mastering skills like chewing or swallowing also takes time for kids.

To prevent the risk of choking, make a note of all the risky finger foods and avoid giving them to your kid. Moreover, discourage your kid from eating while walking, watching television, laughing or talking, as it might result in choking.

Foods that May Pose Choking Hazards

Here is a list of foods that may pose choking hazards:

  • Whole grapes
  • Large pieces of raw vegetables, such as carrots, beans, etc. Cut large pieces into small before serving
  • Pieces of hard foods
  • Dry fruits, such as raisins, almonds, etc.
  • Nuts, such as peanuts, walnuts, etc.
  • Bread which is not toasted like white bread that sticks together
  • Hard candies
  • Soft sticky foods, such as chewing gum, as it can get lodged in your child’s throat
  • Popcorns
  • Large spreads of butter, such as peanut butter as it might be difficult to swallow. Spread it thinly on bread before serving it to your kid

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