Preventing choking in toddlers and preschoolersPPreventing choking in toddlers and preschoolersPreventing choking in toddlers and preschoolersEnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZSamantha Thiessen, RD, MHSc.;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Understand and prevent the most common causes of choking.</p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=1039&language=English">Choking</a> is one of the most preventable injuries and leading causes of death in toddlers. It is important for parents to learn choking first aid and to supervise children while they are eating.</p> <br><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Choking is one of most preventable injuries and leading causes of death in infants and children.</li><li>The most common causes of choking are small, round or cylindrical food and latex balloons.</li><li>Avoid serving peanuts, sunflower seeds, hard candies and fish with bones to children under four.</li><li>Supervise your child during all meal and snack times and cut potentially hazardous foods into smaller bite-sized pieces.</li></ul>
Prévenir l’étouffement chez les tout-petits et les enfants d’âge préscolairePPrévenir l’étouffement chez les tout-petits et les enfants d’âge préscolairePreventing choking in toddlers and preschoolersFrenchNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZSamantha Thiessen, RD, MHSc.;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Comprenez et prévenez les causes d’étouffement les plus fréquentes.<br></p><p> <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=1039&language=French">L’étouffement</a> est l’un des incidents les plus faciles à prévenir et la principale cause de décès chez les tout petits. Il est important que les parents apprennent les manœuvres de premiers soins en cas d’étouffement et qu’ils supervisent leurs enfants lorsqu’ils mangent.<br></p><h2>À retenir</h2><ul><li>L’étouffement est l’un des incidents les plus faciles à prévenir et la principale cause de décès chez les nourrissons et les enfants.</li><li>Les étouffements sont le plus fréquemment causés par de petits morceaux d’aliments de forme ronde ou cylindrique et des ballons en latex.<br></li><li>Éviter de donner des arachides, des graines de tournesol, des bonbons durs et du poisson contenant des arêtes aux enfants de moins de quatre ans.</li><li>Supervisez votre enfant à tous les repas et à toutes les collations et coupez les aliments potentiellement dangereux en petites bouchées.<br></li></ul>

 

 

Preventing choking in toddlers and preschoolers1463.00000000000Preventing choking in toddlers and preschoolersPreventing choking in toddlers and preschoolersPEnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZSamantha Thiessen, RD, MHSc.;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Understand and prevent the most common causes of choking.</p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=1039&language=English">Choking</a> is one of the most preventable injuries and leading causes of death in toddlers. It is important for parents to learn choking first aid and to supervise children while they are eating.</p> <br><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Choking is one of most preventable injuries and leading causes of death in infants and children.</li><li>The most common causes of choking are small, round or cylindrical food and latex balloons.</li><li>Avoid serving peanuts, sunflower seeds, hard candies and fish with bones to children under four.</li><li>Supervise your child during all meal and snack times and cut potentially hazardous foods into smaller bite-sized pieces.</li></ul><p>Children under the age of three are at highest risk for airway obstruction (blockage of the tube from the mouth to the lungs). This is because their airway is very narrow and they are still learning about chewing and swallowing.</p> <h2>Common causes of choking</h2> <p>Food and latex balloons are the causes of most choking cases in Canada and the United States. </p> <ul><li>Most food linked to choking is small, round or cylindrical. Examples include hot dogs, whole grapes, nuts and hard candy. </li> <li>Inflatable latex balloons, often used during children's birthday parties, are hazardous if children accidentally swallow them while trying to blow them up or choke on pieces if they burst. </li></ul> <h3>Foods to avoid in children under four years of age</h3> <ul> <li>Hard candies, cough drops</li> <li>Gum, gummy candies and chewable vitamins</li> <li>Peanuts</li> <li>Sunflower seeds</li> <li>Fish with bones</li> <li>Snacks on toothpicks or skewers</li> </ul> <h3>Foods that need special preparation</h3> <ul> <li>Grapes - slice lengthwise</li> <li>Hot dogs and sausages - slice lengthwise</li> <li>Carrots and apples - finely chop or grate </li> </ul> <h3>Tips to keep your child safe from choking</h3> <ul> <li>Supervise your child during all meal and snack times.</li> <li>Do not let other children feed your child unless they are supervised closely.</li> <li>Sit at a table, encourage a relaxed, safe eating environment and have your child chew their food well before swallowing.</li> <li>Discourage your child from walking or running while eating.</li> <li>Cut potentially hazardous foods into smaller bite-sized pieces.</li> <li>Vacuum and sweep regularly to remove choking hazards in the home.</li> <li>Take care to remove any unsafe food or toys from your child's reach.</li> <li>Avoid using latex balloons. Use shiny foil or Mylar balloons instead.</li></ul>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/preventing_choking_in_toddlers_preschoolers.jpgPreventing choking in toddlers and preschoolers

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