Airway Foreign Body Prevention
Children under 5 years old are at the highest risk for an inhaled foreign body. Prevention of inhaled foreign bodies focuses on this age group.
Recommendations for choking prevention includes:
- Mealtime habits:
- Sit down while you eat.
- Eat slowly and chew food completely before swallowing.
- Cut up foods that are firm or round, which can get stuck in your child's airway
- Avoid foods that cause choking.
- Keep small objects away from your child that may cause choking during playtime:
- Any toy that is shorter than 2 1/4 inches long or can fit through a 1 1/4 inch circle is too small for a child under five years old
- Bean bag chairs often break or tear, exposing young children to small beans
- Check under furniture and between cushions for small objects that could cause choking
- Follow age recommendations on toy packages
- Latex balloons
- Teach older children to put away their toys, which often contain smaller parts
- Be aware that homes of others may not be child-proof.
- Parents and caretakers should learn CPR before it is needed.
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