Tuesday, June 1, 2010

i keep coming across articles about foods kids choke on...

...so i feel like i need to share.  warning labels are being considered for certain packaged foods that kids can choke on like popcorn (apparently, some kids inhale it into their bronchial pipes).  my son is 18 months and got his molars around 3 months ago, so i sometimes feel like he can chew up most foods.  but, i just learned that children do not develop proper chewing up and swallowing skills until 3 or 4 years old.  also, a toddler's throat decreases to the size of a straw in a certain area---SCARY!!

so please be cautious and cut up choke-able foods for toddlers like apples, raw carrots, etc. into pea-size pieces.  see two recent articles here and here.

for info on heimlich (to be used on kids over 1-year-old) and infant hemlich read this recent post.

photo via here.

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