Common foods that cause choking:

  • Whole grapes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Popcorn
  • Hotdogs
  • Raw vegetables
  • Large amounts of peanut butter
  • Hard sticky candy
  • Marshmallows

How to avoid choking:

  • Cut up food into pieces smaller than ½ inch thick
  • Cook vegetables until soft
  • Offer well ripened naturally soft fruits and veggies like bananas, avocado, ripe peaches, kiwi, ripe mango
  • Avoid harder round fruits like grapes
  • Remove any tough skin before feeding
  • Always supervise your child while eating
  • Never allow child to walk around or play while eating

Ideal foods for young eaters:

  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Cooked sweet potatoes
  • Soft cheeses like fresh mozzarella
  • Whole milk yogurt
  • Canned fruits packed in water or 100% juice (not packed in syrup)
  • Well-cooked veggies
  • Lean ground meats chopped very small

Toys are choking hazards too!

  • Never let young children play with balloons
  • Bouncy balls and marbles are not safe for young children
  • Follow manufacture guidelines and don’t let infants and toddlers play with toys intended for children over 3 years of age, they can cause choking!