Hello friends! Today we will talk on important topic on choking hazards for children. Children often tend to explore their world by putting things in their mouth. You need to be very careful and vigilant round the clock till they become 4 years of age. Cross check all the things that are available in baby’s vicinity. It's also because they're still learning how to chew and swallow food. Babies as young as 6 or 7 months have a danger of choking. Remember, unchewed bits of food can block the airway or be inhaled into the lungs. Always baby proof the room. You can’t be vigilant 24 by 7. So you need to preplan safety beforehand.
· Pay attention: Supervise young children whenever they're eating or drinking. (Kids typically can't make any noise to alert you that they're choking.) That means not letting your child eat in the car while you're driving.
· Keep them seated: Make sure your child sits while eating. Don't let kids eat while lying down, walking, climbing, or running.
· Mash or grind food so it's soft enough for your baby to gum or chew. At the finger-food stage, cut fruit, veggies, meat, and cheese into pea-size pieces.
· Choose snacks wisely: Give safe small pieces snacks. Don't give babies popcorn, nuts, seeds, whole grapes, hard candy, gummy candy, gum balls, or marshmallows until they're at least 3.
· Beware of teething medication: Don't feed your child soon after using a rub-on teething medication because it can numb the throat and interfere with swallowing.
· Avoid small objects: Don't let young children play with buttons, coins, safety pins, balloons, small rocks, or anything with parts smaller than 1¼ inches around or 2¼ inches long. You can buy a "small objects choke tester" online to help you evaluate the safety of an object. If it fits entirely into the plastic cylinder, it's a choking hazard.
· Move the mobile: Make sure your child can't reach a hanging mobile.
· Keep baby powder away: Don't allow kids to play with baby powder containers. The powder can shake free and clog your child's throat.
· It’s always to be safe than feel sorry.
Enjoy parenting and have a great time!!!!