The HSE have listed the ten most troublesome foods for choking in babies and young children although we all take care when it comes to choking hazards it is no harm to remind ourselves.
Foods to be wary of
- Hot dogs/sausages (cut length ways)
- Raw carrots
- Grapes (and similar shaped fruit and vegetables, e.g., cherry tomatoes, soft fruits)
- Peanut butter
- Chewing gum
- Boiled sweets
We advise Parents and carers to cut grapes, cherry tomatoes and similar shaped soft fruits into quarters or smaller. These foods are hazards as they have the potential to block a child’s airway in a choking incident.
In addition, It is also advised that children should sit still when eating. Thethe likelihood of choking increases significantly if they are moving around. Further advice includes never let a child eat whilst in bed and monitor their eating habits at all times.
Other advice includes removing the skins from sausages and hotdogs and cutting the food lengthays into small bite sized pieces. When preparing meals with thick spreads such as peanut butter, use this sparingly.
In summary, being aware and mindful of choking hazards will keep your child safe.
Here is a useful article on what to do if you child is choking.