Safe Kids Canada: You can prevent Choking
Babies, toddlers, and young children can choke if food or small objects stick in their throats and block their breathing.
Babies can choke because they have undeveloped throat muscles and small airways. Toddlers are at risk because they to put things in their mouths. They do not have all their teeth and cannot chew large pieces of food. Turn over this page to find out which objects can choke children.
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The facts on preventing Choking
Here are some objects that can cause children to choke:
Check pacifiers regularly. Make sure the nipple part is firmly attached to the handle. If it is not, the soft part could come off, causing your baby to choke. Throw out the pacifier when the nipple part has cracks or when it becomes sticky.
When your baby starts teething, do not let him or her chew on the pacifier. Give your baby a teething ring instead.
Do not attach strings or cords to a pacifier.
Do not use latex balloons as toys. Balloons or pieces of popped balloon can cause choking. Use foil balloons instead.
If you do allow your child to play with balloons, supervise him or her closely. Do not let your child put balloons or balloon pieces in his or her mouth.
Older children can help
Teach older children to keep small toys and pieces of toys away from babies, toddlers, and young children.
Know what to do in an emergency
Learn first aid to help a baby or child who is choking.
For more information, call Safe Kids Canada at 1 800 SAFE TIPS or visit www.safekidscanada.ca.