Ten foods that are actually choking hazards for babies and young children
Babies and young children have a natural habit of putting things into their mouths - even foods that could easily cause them to choke.
There are ten foods in particular which can be a choking hazard for your little ones, according to the HSE.
- Hot dogs/sausages
- Raw carrots
- Grapes (and similar shaped fruit and vegetables, e.g., cherry tomatoes, soft fruits)
- Peanut butter
- Chewing gum
- Boiled sweets
The HSE also offers guidelines that will help prevent choking incidents.
- Chop grapes, cherry tomatoes and similar shaped soft fruits into quarters or smaller pieces
"The fruit could otherwise totally block a child's airway in a choking incident," according to the HSE.
- Children should sit at the table, or sit still, while eating - they are much more likely to choke if they are walking or running around.
- The HSE also advises that parents never let their child eat in bed, or eat alone at meal or snack times.
- Skins from sausages or hotdogs should be peeled, and these foods should be cut lengthways into small pieces (at least as small as your child’s small fingernail).
- Thick pastes like nut butter or chocolate should be spread very sparingly onto bread.
For more information, see the HSE's website.