How to prevent my child from choking?
One way young children explore their environment is by putting things in their mouths which might cause them to choke. Also, young children have difficulty chewing and swallowing some foods such as hard sweets that can cause them to choke.
Parents or other caregivers should:
- keep play and sleeping areas free of small objects such as buttons, beads, balloons, pen caps, coins, seeds and nuts
- check new toys carefully before children play with them to make sure they have no loose or sharp pieces that could break and be swallowed by or hurt the child
- never give young children foods they can choke on such as groundnuts (peanuts), hard sweets or food with small bones or seeds
- always supervise young children during meals, and cut or tear children's food into small pieces that can be easily chewed or swallowed.