Preventing Choking At Home

Choking is a common injury among kids under the age of 1 year. Most of the choking episodes are as a result of food and it is important to implement certain strategies to prevent choking.

These include:

  • Checking your house for dangerous items: It is important to look in all areas for items like nails, hair pins, bottle caps, jewelry, and other items that could be choking hazards.
  • Watch children as they eat: It is important to teach children when they are young to swallow food before they start moving around or talking. Children below 4 years old should NOT be left to eat small, firm foods unless they are chopped carefully. Foods like carrots, grapes, and hot dogs should be cut in small pieces before being given to children.
  • Ensure babies sleep in a safe place: Babies should be placed on their backs when putting them to sleep. It is important to ensure their crib does not have any item that could be a choking hazard such as toys, ribbons, and strings.
  • Disposing items carefully: Ensure that items such as plastic bags are disposed or kept out of reach of children.
  • Be smart when buying toys: It is important to check age recommendations on the toy packaging before purchasing them. Remember to check the toys in the house for broken or loose parts that children could put in their mouth.

Do you practice these tips at your place?