7 ways to prevent your kid from choking

1. Keep seeds away
2. Don't feed when they cry or laugh
3. Cut foods in bite-sizes
4. Keep mouth clear
5. Sit in safe high chair
6. Cook foods before feeding
7. Mash or grate foods

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Kids want to reach out for any objects in their surroundings.

When they pick up #seeds & whole nuts like groundnut or any seed-like objects, they tend to put them straight in their mouth to swallow.

Keep such objects far away from their reach. Things kids choke on
A child's airway is open when they're crying or laughing.

If you #feed them at this time, part of the food may enter their windpipe & they'll start to choke.

What to do is wait until they stop laughing or calm them down from crying before feeding them. Image
Always #Cut foods like meat, cake, etc, into bite-sized pieces before feeding a child.

This will reduce the risk of choking.

The smaller the piece of food, the better a child could chew or swallow the food without choking.
You notice your kid has an object in their mouth or is chewing on something you don't know exactly what it is.

Quickly open their mouth & check what it is & remove it.

Keeping a baby's mouth #clear is a very important way of preventing choking. Image
When you're busy or need a toddler to sit alone for a while, sit them in a safe high #chair or in their baby seat.

Don't let them wander about in the room.

This will reduce their chances of picking up objects in the around & putting them into their mouths. ImageImage
For some hard foods like vegetables, make sure you #cook (steam, roast or bake) them to soften before feeding your child.

A lot of time, kids choke on hard stuffs.
Once cooked, softer vegetables like sweet potatoes or plantain need only be #mashed with a masher (or just use a fork!), before feeding your child.
Babies have to choked to death on several objects like seeds, doritos, beads, peanuts, pebbles & even their own foods.

Statistically, a child chokes to death every 5 days & much of that occurs in kids under 3 years.

So let's take this seriously!

For what to do if your kid is already choking, read my previous thread here;
Nobody wants to experience the trauma of watching a child choke & die from worthless objects in their environment.

With these simple measures, you can prevent your child from choking. Kindly RT!
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