Choking Hazards for Babies
As all parents know, babies are always finding something to put in their mouths. Parents need to know which foods (or items) are a choking hazard.
When smaller items are found by babies, they may put it in their mouth to chew, especially during teething. According to the New York State Department of Health, "Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death in children under the age of 5." This unfortunate fact is something that is highly important for parents to know in order to prevent a tragic consequence.
- While eating, make sure your child is sitting up straight in a stable chair/high chair.
- Always watch what your child is eating and how they are eating it.
- Make sure you have a plan of action if your child begins to choke (CPR, calling 911, etc.).
- Solid foods must be cut up in smaller bits, no matter how soft
- Fruits (apples, grapes, cherries, raspberries, strawberries)
- Vegetables (tomatoes, carrots)
- any types of meat
- Chunks of cheese
- Fruit snacks
- Serve small amounts of food at a time.
- Make sure meals are never eaten in a rushed manner and your child is given a proper amount of time to eat.
- If harder and/or stubborn foods cannot be cut into small pieces, mash them.
- Avoid supplying your child (or any child for that matter) with very small toys or clothing accessories.
Pictured above is an extremely helpful tip for making sure certain items are suitable for your child! At Liz and Roo, we manufacture baby bedding, and safety is always our top concern.