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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children younger than 4 should not be fed any round, firm food unless they are cut into small, non-round pieces. Young children may not chew food properly before swallowing, increasing the risk of swallowing the food whole and choking. Food to avoid or cut into small pieces for children under age 4 include the following:
Supervising your child's eating
Always supervise your young children when they are eating. Sometimes, choking can occur when an older child feeds his/her younger sibling unsafe food. Also ensure that your young children should sit while eating, and never walk, play, or run with food in his or her mouth.
Hot dogs and grapes can be eaten by young children, so long as the skins are taken off and the food is cut into small, non-round pieces.
Other choking hazards
Nonfood items that are small, round, or conforming can be a choking hazard to your young child. You may want to purchase a small parts tester to help determine which items are choking hazards. Make sure your child plays with age-appropriate toys, keeping small items that are a choking hazard out of children's reach. Check under your furniture and between seat cushions for choking hazards. Examples include:
Strangulation and suffocation hazards
Children can strangle themselves with consumer products that wrap around the neck, such as clothing drawstrings, ribbons, necklaces, pacifier strings, and window blind and drapery cords. A few tips to keep in mind to keep your child safe:
More safety tips
Infants can suffocate in soft bedding, or when a person rolls over onto them in an adult bed. Here are a few other tips to help prevent suffocation:
Infants and sleeping
The medical community recommends placing infants on their backs in their cribs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Placing infants on their backs may also reduce the chance of choking, as infants may have a difficult time lifting their heads at first, if they are face down. The crib should adhere to national safety standards, with a firm, flat mattress. Avoid putting soft bedding, toys, and other soft products, pillows and comforters in the crib with your infant.
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