Health Tip: Keep Kids From Choking Hazards

Offer only safe foods and toys

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(HealthDay News) -- Choking hazards for small children abound, from food to toys.

The Nemours Foundation mentions these safety precautions to help reduce youngsters' risk of choking:

  • Don't give small children foods such as whole grapes or hot dogs, nuts, raw carrots, popcorn, spoonfuls of peanut butter or candies that are hard or chewy.
  • Carefully cut children's food into small bites.
  • Keep small toys and household items -- including deflated balloons, coins, beads and batteries -- away from young children.
  • Offer your child only age-appropriate toys.
  • Inspect toys to make sure they don't have small parts that can break off.

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