Choking, How to Avoid it

Rule #1- Choking is SILENT! It is important to NEVER leave your toddler unattended while eating

Rule#2-The following foods are considered high choking risk foods for kids under 4

  • hot dogs (if you do feed this to your child anyway, cut length wise and then again in quarters)
  • nuts and seeds
  • chunks of meat or cheese
  • whole grapes
  • hard, gooey, or sticky candy
  • popcorn
  • chunks of peanut butter
  • raw vegetables
  • raisins(if you do give this to your child anyway, give small raisins, one at a time, never a whole box that can clump together)
  • chewing gum

Rule#3-The following objects are choking hazards for young children, and thy should be kept away from them or very closely supervised

  • latex balloons
  • coins
  • marbles
  • toys with small parts
  • toys that can be compressed to fit entirely into a child’s mouth
  • small balls
  • pen or marker caps
  • small button-type batteries

Rule#4-Learn how to do CPR and Heimlich Manuever on babies and children. Also, make sure that any person who watches your child knows how to do these techniques as well.

Baby Bodyguards recommends LIttle Hearts CPR in Manhattan and Baby Be Safe in Brooklyn. If you are in another area and need a good class, contact us, and we will point you in the right direction.