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Choking Hazards for Young Eaters

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 05-11-2007

Stay close to your baby while he eats. Choking is an emergency that
can be prevented. Just make sure all food is carefully prepared. Stay nearby
and watch that your baby doesn’t put too much food into his mouth.

Some foods are more likely than others to cause choking. Your baby is too
young for foods that are hard, chunky or need to be chewed. Save these
foods until your baby is three or four years old. Then there will be less
danger of choking.

Look for classes on infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic
first aid in your community. Or borrow a free video on first aid from your
video store or public library. If your baby does start to choke, call 911 right
away. This is an emergency. Do what the operator says. Stay on the line
until you are sure your baby is all right.

Never feed your baby the following:

  • Hot dogs
  • Hard candy
  • Peanuts or any nuts
  • Grapes
  • Cookies
  • Meat chunks
  • Raw carrot slices
  • Peanut butter
  • Apple chunks
  • Popcorn

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