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Prevent choking! Watch outs: Coins, latex balloons & more...

Hina Srivastava
1 to 3 years

Created by Hina Srivastava
Updated on Jul 28, 2017

Prevent choking Watch outs Coins latex balloons more

Your home needs to be converted into a toddler-safe zone as soon as your baby starts to crawl. A child’s way to discover anything is to see, touch and taste. Therefore, before you even realise it, they’re almost putting any random object into their tiny mouths. One of the most alarming outcomes is choking in these cases. There are many edible or non-edible objects which can lead to choking in toddlers. Children under the age of 5 are at the highest risk of choking.

Here are a few common, seemingly harmless objects which we unknowingly keep layingaround our homes, but they can pose a serious threat for our little ones:

  1. Snack foods: Common snack foods like popcorn, peanuts or dry nuts can easily get stuck in a child’s airway passage, which is as thin as a plastic straw. Generally, children are left unattended while consuming these, which can be dangerous.
     
  2. Fruit like berries, grapes, etc: Whole grapes and berries are like small balls which can slip down the tongue and cause your baby to choke. It’s always better to slice them length-wise before giving them to your toddler.
     
  3. Candies/Gums: Hard candies can be easily swallowed whole by children under 4 years of age. One should avoid them before the age of 4 if possible and do not let your child run with the candy in their mouth.
     
  4. Latex Balloons: Generally children tend to burst their inflated balloons while playing. These pieces of deflated balloon can easily block the airway passage if put inside their mouth.
     
  5. Toys: Small toys like round objects, marbles, small balls, Lego or parts of toys can be a threat again. Please make sure children are given toys according to the recommended age and the toy basket should be cleared at regular intervals to get rid of such hazards.
     
  6. Buttons: Small buttons are generally in every house,usually scattered around. One has to be sure to keep them in a proper place away from a child’s reach. They look attractive to kids and can choke them easily.
     
  7. Coins: Like buttons, coins are also things which are commonly found in drawers, table tops, boxes, etc. Please ensure a proper place for loose changein a closed box or even better a piggy bank. In fact toddlers can be given a piggy bank and taught to put these shiny metals inside. (Personally, my 2 year old daughter has her own piggy bank and we have taught her to put these coins wherever she finds them and she completely adheres to it!)
     
  8. Talcum Powder- Powder is fun for kids and they love playing around with it. Please ensure that the powder box is kept inside a cupboard. There have been common cases of children squeezing talcum powder in their mouths and blocking their air passage!

The key is to be vigilant and keep a check on things which can be hazardous for your child. It is always better to make these potential choking hazards inaccessible, and keep them at a particular height; inside cupboards/boxes and to mop the floors at least twice a day to get rid of unwanted stuff.

Did you find Hina’s tips on potential choking hazards useful? How do you baby proof your home, so your toddler can play safely and freely? Do leave your comments…. We love hearing from you!

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| Aug 06, 2017

Add a little bit of mishri that is rock candy in the water it sweetens the water which attracts the kid. Once he gets into the habit then remove the mishri. Hope it helps.

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| Jul 29, 2017

my son is 2. 1 year old... but he doesn't have water... I have tried water sipper,bottle, glass but says no to water everytime... bcoz of this he is racing constupation sometimes... kindly suggest what should I do

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| Jul 29, 2017

thank you so much for the relevent information

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| Jul 28, 2017

Thanks for the relevant information, very useful blog.

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| Jul 28, 2017

thanq u so much... very nice

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| Jul 22, 2017

useful advice

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| Jul 22, 2017

very nice advice thank you

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| Jul 22, 2017

can you share some techniques to handle such situations if kids choke something. imidiatly what action has to taken

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| Jul 22, 2017

Thanks for advise

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| Jul 22, 2017

use full for us

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| Jul 22, 2017

very useful advice

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