Choking risks for babies and toddlers include objects smaller than a D-size battery. Keep small objects out of reach until your child is less likely to choke. This is usually around three years of age.Choking risksAnything smaller than a D-size battery is a choking risk for babies and toddlers. This includes:
Do you know what to do for a choking child? Our choking first aid article can take you through the steps.Tips for preventing chokingThese tips can help you protect your child from choking:
Airway blockages and chokingChoking happens when a child’s airway gets blocked. Many different things can cause partial or complete airway blockage and choking, including:
If a child is unconscious and the muscles in his airway relax for some reason, this can also lead to an airway blockage and choking.Children at higher riskChildren with a disability or chronic illness might be at higher risk of choking than other children.Children are more likely to choke if they have a disability like cerebral palsy, epilepsy, intellectual disability, chronic asthma or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. If your child has one of these conditions, talk to your doctor about how best to avoid choking.
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