Parents: Don’t serve your kids another meal until you know the facts about children and choking. According to a new study in the journal Pediatrics, 34 kids a day are admitted to the ER after choking on food. And every six days, at least one kid dies while choking on food, and that’s just the ones we know about.
First: Before age four, always cut a child’s food into pieces smaller than half an inch. So for grapes, for example, that means cutting each grape into quarters.
Also never give hard candy to a child until after age four because one in seven choking incidents involve hard candy.
Next, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all parents take a CPR course, so you’ll know what to do if your child starts to choke.
Finally, if you have older kids, make sure they also know the facts about choking. In one case, an older sibling fed an almond to a baby, and the baby choked to death.