MedWatch Today: Identifying common choking hazards and ways to keep your kids safe

Med Watch Today

The holidays are a busy time and because there’s so much going on, the risk increases for accidents with kids. Community’s maternal educator goes over common choking hazards and ways to keep your kids safe.

The rule of thumb is, if it’s anything the baby can get into it’s mouth, you want to be very careful. Do things that would prevent that, because it can get lodged in a windpipe, stated registered nurse at Community Medical Center Karen Hughes. 

She says food is one of the biggest things parents have to watch. Kids can easily get their hands on items like sliced sausages popcorn, fruit, vegetables.

“I think a big reason why kids choke is because they’re running and they’re putting food in their mouth. Have them sit down, chew, and teach them not to put the whole thing of candy in their mouth, or all those grapes at the same time,” Hughes stated. 

She also advises parents move their Christmas ornaments up higher on the tree, especially if you have crawling babies or toddlers. “The lights are fascinating, as are the ornaments. They want to put them in their mouths”. She said. 

Even watch out for toys, the older child may have some with little parts. Even soda or bottle caps – fascinating for a toddler to put that in their mouth.

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