Things You Need to Know About Choking Hazards and Your Baby
Babies and younger children still do not know how to properly chew their food. Although you could say that it is done instinctively, not a lot of children actually know how to do it during their first tries.
That being said, it is important for parents to keep an eye on their children as they might get choked out by a lot of things.
The foods that they eat contribute to the vast majority of choking hazards- with 55% of the kids being males. Furthermore, choking is one of the leading causes of injury for children below 4 years of age, according to a survey released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
It would be easy to feed your baby formula milk from a baby milk bottle, but as your baby grows, they need to be eating new foods.
So, how do you avoid choking hazards? Read on further to find out.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, foods account for the vast majority of choking cases. Some common choking hazards include:
- Foods that have a firm base such as nuts and hotdogs
- Round foods that are hard to chew for babies such as hard candies and grapes
- Sticky foods such as caramel candies and peanut butter
- Foods that children typically eat a lot of in one sitting such as popcorn
So, what are parents going to do to avoid any possibility of choking? Here are some tips:
- It is best that you closely supervise your children during mealtime to ensure that they are truly chewing their foods before ingesting it
- Make sure that the foods that they eat are well-prepared in a way that makes it easier for them to eat. For example, if foods are rounded, you could chop it into bite-sized pieces. Alternatively, if you can turn the food into a puree, that would be much better
- For children above 3 years old, you can demonstrate to them how to properly chew their food so that you do not have to chop them into bite-sized chunks anymore
- As a parent, you need to learn how to conduct child CPR or the Heimlich maneuver.
You also want to teach your children to sit down while they’re eating and tell them to take their time to chew their food until it is ready to be ingested. Teach them proper table manners by not talking when their mouth is still full and only put enough foods in their mouth that they can chew it effectively.
How About Toys?
Toys can also present a choking hazard to your kid. Here are some tips for parents:
- Only allow your kids to play with toys that are appropriate for their age
- Inspect the toy if it can be placed inside their children’s mouth. If that is the case, only allow them to play with it when you are supervising
- Ensure that there are no coins or any toy fragments scattered around that could be ingested by your kids
- If in the event that your child has choked on something, do the Heimlich maneuver and call the doctor immediately.