Some foods are easy for your preschooler to choke on when swallowing them.
These include foods that are round and about the size of the throat –about the size of a nickel. Prevent choking by avoiding these foods or cutting them in small pieces--no larger than one-half inch (½”).
Foods that may be choking hazards:
- Chewing gum
- Round slices of hotdogs or sausages
- Carrot sticks or baby carrots
- Tough meat
- Hard candy
- Whole grapes
- Cherry tomatoes
- Large pieces of raw fruits and vegetables
To prevent choking:
- Have your preschooler eat at the table, or at least while sitting down. Do not let your child run, walk, play, or lie down with food in their mouth.
- Keep a watchful eye on your child while he or she eats.
- Cut food for your preschooler into pieces no larger than one-half inch (½”), and teach them to chew their food well.
- Slice hotdogs and sausages lengthwise.
- Cut meat and chicken across the grain into small pieces.
- Slice grapes, cherry tomatoes, and other round foods in half.
- Cook carrots or celery sticks until slightly soft, grate them, or cut them into small pieces or thin “matchsticks.”
- Spread peanut butter thinly on bread or crackers. A thick “glob” of peanut butter can cause choking.
More information about choking hazards.