Choking Hazards for Children
When you become a parent, there is a protective nature that sets in for most parents. They don’t want to see their darling little child suffer through illness, pain or confusion. So there are certain things that they do to ensure that their Child is Safe. Some of those will be to change their lifestyle and practices to help better themselves care for their child. A successful change is for parents to baby-proof their house. This can mean covering up all of the electrical outlets and making sure that there are no sharp corners. Unfortunately, choking is one of the top four leading causes of accidental death in children. But there are a lot of steps that you can take to help ensure that your child does not choke. Small Bites The esophagus of a child is about the size of a drinking straw. That means that anything larger than the size of a pea has the potential to lead to choking. Whenever you serve them, foods make sure that you are cutting them into small pieces. Also, please avoid foods like:
- nuts of any type
- sunflower seeds
- watermelon with seeds
- cherries with pits
- raw carrots, peas, and celery
- hard candy
- raw apples and pears
Teach to chew properly
Make sure that you are teaching your child how to chew each bite properly. Also, proper eating happens while sitting at a table. Choking is more likely to occur if a child is laying down, walking or running while eating.
Inspect Toys Gather your child’s toys every once and a while and inspect them for any part of the toy that may need to be fixed. Loose buttons or eyes can lead to a Possible Choking Hazard. Fixing these before they come loose can help your child immensely. Get on their eye level Inspecting your home from your child’s perspective can help you view any parts of the house that could be a danger to them. You may not have noticed the small parts of a decorative piece that is within their reach until you got on the ground. Also, collect any coins or small pieces that may fall under counters, couches or other low areas. It is small steps like these that can help keep your Child Safe from Choking Hazards in your home. Ensure that any place that you bring your child also has the same level of care for your children. If your child has suffered from an environment that is not safe, please feel free to call us. We can offer you a free consultation to see if you have a legal matter on your hands. Please call us today.