Guard Against Choking
Children are very susceptible to choking on objects and food. The majority
of choking victims are less than 5 years old. Foods that children choke
on most often are hot dogs, candy, peanuts, nuts, grapes, cookies, meat,
carrots, apples, popcorn and peanut butter.
Round foods (candy and nuts) cause trouble because they fit so well
into a child's airway.
Pliable or compressible foods (hot dogs, grapes) may form a tight plug
in the throat.
Hard or tough foods that are difficult to chew (carrots, candy) may
result in large pieces being swallowed.
Peanut butter can block the airway because it is so sticky.
Here are a few extra pointers for parents of children under the age
- Don't allow your child to walk, run, or play while he has food in
- Never leave a little one alone while he/she eats.
- Make a rule against eating in the car. If your child chokes while
you are at the wheel, you may not have time to take necessary action.
- Make sure your child is always sitting upright when he/she eats or
- Don't prop baby bottles. Instead, hold them for the infant during
- Keep in mind that anesthetics applied to the child's gum to numb the
pain of teething make it difficult for him to eat foods that require
- Know the signs of choking: ineffective coughing, inability to speak
or cry, high-pitched noises, and bluish lips, nails, and skin.