Choking – How to Avoid & Treat It

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When having children around, choking can be a very common hazard as kids, especially toddlers, tend to put everything they find in their mouths. Toddlers who are just learning to eat may only have a few teeth and no back teeth to help them grind up their food until it’s small and soft enough to be safe to swallow.

As adults it is your duty to create a hazard free environment for your children. Here are some useful tips and information that you can follow:

What you must do:

  • Cutup their food into small pieces
  • Grate hard food like carrots and apples so that it’s safer to eat
  • Mash hard veggies for them
  • Don’t give nuts, popcorn, hard candy or whole grapes
  • Don’t let them eat while they are running around playing
  • Don’t force them to eat anything that they don’t want to eat
  • Keep them away from toys with small parts

If your child attends play school, make sure you avoid packing any uncut chunky food. During school time there can be moments when your child is not watched over. When giving toys avoid small blocks, puzzle pieces etc, as children tend to put these in their mouths.

Steps to follow:

  • If your child is choking DO NOT panic as this will make you forget what steps you must follow to help your child
  • Rush your child to the nearest emergency center.
  • Start CPR if you have been trained to do it.
  • When you visit your pediatrician inquire about steps that you need to follow if a choking hazard occurs. Put these steps in a place that you can easily access in case of an emergency.
  • Never leave your toddler unsupervised, especially during meal times.

DO NOT delay in taking the necessary actions when you face this situation.

Information source: http://www.cyh.com