• Behavior
  • Parenting
  • Safety

Does your kid love putting things in his mouth? This is for you.

  • Posted
Choking hazard warning sticker

Some children can’t help themselves — they stick everything in their mouths.

The majority of choking incidents involving children happen in the home. Almost 60 percent of non-fatal choking cases are food-related, while another 32 percent involve swallowing coins or gum.

TIPS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR KIDS:

  • Cut food for toddlers into tiny pieces. Children younger than 5 years old should not eat small round or hard foods, including pieces of hot dogs, hard candy, nuts, grapes, marshmallows or popcorn.
  • Ensure young children sit upright while eating, not lying down or playing.
  • Ensure toys and games are age appropriate and not choking hazards.
  • Keep small objects out of reach and sight, such as coins, buttons, beads, jewelry, pins, nails, marbles and tacks.
  • Keep small magnets away from children. These can be found in construction sets, children’s toys or stress-relieving adult desk toys, refrigerator magnets and rare-earth magnets such as Buckyballs.
  • Keep cords and strings of window blinds out of a child’s reach with no furniture nearby.
  • Remove necklaces, purses, scarves, helmets or clothing with drawstrings when a child is playing or sleeping. Remove bibs before a child goes to sleep.
SOURCE:
Safe Kids Worldwide

Back to listing

For a listing of all resources, click here.
Additional Resources
You May Also Enjoy
  • Risk of hot car deaths is real, especially in South Florida

    Even when it’s not so hot out, children are at risk of heatstroke if left in an enclosed vehicle. When the outdoor temperature is 72 to 96 degrees, the temperature inside a vehicle can jump up 40 degrees in just an hour. See our expert tips on how to prevent a tragedy.

  • Using the right car seat — correctly installed — saves lives

    Did you know Florida law requires children up through age 5 to ride in safety or booster seats? Read on for more expert tips on what's best for your child at different ages.

  • Tips on babyproofing your home

    Expecting a baby? Read on to find out how best to prepare your home — and your life — for the big transition ahead. And if you’re on a tight budget, experts advise where to get affordable baby supplies and gear.