Choking Prevention for Babies

29 Mar 2016

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It's not only normal for babies to put things in their mouths, it's also a sign that they are taking interest in the world around them. In the first year, children explore their surroundings by seeing, touching, hearing, smelling and tasting.

However, not everything that they put into their mouths is a good thing. Some of the most common things around the house can lead to harm. Here are some tips so you can minimize the risks.

CHOKING AND STRANGULATION PREVENTION TIPS
Make Meals Fun and Safe Cut food for toddlers into tiny pieces. Children under 5 should not eat small, round or hard foods, including pieces of hot dogs, cheese sticks or chunks, hard candy, nuts, grapes, marshmallows or popcorn.

Remember to have young kids eat in a high chair or at the table, not while lying down or playing. It is important to supervise your babies when they are eating or playing.

Keep Small Objects Out of Reach See the world from a child's point of view. Get on the floor on your hands and knees so that you are at your child's eye level. Look for and remove small items.

Keep small objects such as buttons, beads, jewelry, pins, nails, marbles, coins, stones and tacks out of reach and sight.

Be On the Lookout for Magnets Keep small magnets away from children. These include magnets found in construction sets, children's toys or stress-relieving adult desk toys; refrigerator magnets; and rare-earth magnets such as Buckyballs.

Inspect games or toys that include magnets. Inspect children's play areas regularly for missing or dislodged magnets as well.

Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect that magnets have been swallowed.

Check Your Child's Clothes and Accessories Remove necklaces, purses, scarves, helmets or clothing with drawstrings when children are playing or sleeping.

Remember that jewelry can be dangerous around your baby. Remove bibs before bedtime or nap time.

Find the Perfect Toy for the Right Age Consider your child's age and development when purchasing toys or games. It's worth a second to read the instructions and warning labels to make sure it's just right for your child.
Before you've settled on the perfect toy, check to make sure there aren't any small parts or other potential choking hazards.

Check Your Child's Clothes and Accessories Remove necklaces, purses, scarves, helmets or clothing with drawstrings when children are playing or sleeping.

Don't tie strings or ribbons to a pacifier or toy. Remember that jewelry can be dangerous around your baby. Remove bibs before bedtime or nap time.

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Find the Perfect Toy for the Right Age Consider your child's age and development when purchasing toys or games. It's worth a second to read the instructions and warning labels to make sure it's just right for your child.

Before you've settled on the perfect toy, check to make sure there aren't any small parts or other potential choking hazards.

SOURCES:
Safe Kids Worldwide Editorial Team. (No date). Choking Prevention for Babies from Safe Kids [Online]. Available: http://www.safekids.org/tip/choking-and-strangulation-prevention-tips

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