It’s every parent’s greatest fear to realize that your baby or toddler is choking and you don’t know what to do.
This can happen to anyone. It’s inevitable—babies put objects in their mouths all the time. And even if you give them tiny cut up pieces of food, there’s no way for you to prevent him or her from taking food from another child that may be bigger.
Unfortunately, one U.S. child chokes to death approximately every five days; and 75 percent of choking deaths occur in children under the age of 3 years.
Just imagine how scary it is to see your child go from being perfectly fine to unconscious in a matter of minutes.
Feeling powerless when it happens is something you can prevent by learning more about this subject.
Here’s what you need to know:
Top 10 Choking Food Hazards
- hot dogs
- hard candy
- chewing gum
- nuts and seeds
- chunks of meat or cheese
- whole grapes
- chunks of peanut butter
- raw vegetables
Top 10 Choking Object Hazards
- small balls
- deflated balloons
- watch batteries
- ball point pen caps and paper clips
- arts and crafts supplies
- small toys and toys with small detachable parts
Always make sure to be extra careful when your child is eating these foods or near these objects. Cutting out junk food from your child’s diet will instantly shorten the list by half.
How To Save a Choking Baby
This video will take you through the 3 first aid steps for a choking baby. Using these essential first aid skills can make a big difference.
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