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Choking Prevention in Small Children

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Young children can easily choke on food and everyday objects. You can help prevent your child from choking by offering the right kinds of foods and watching for choking hazards.

Watching how your child eats can also help prevent choking.


To prevent choking, use care when you select and prepare food. Do not give round, firm foods to children younger than age 4 unless the food is chopped completely. Foods that can be choking hazards include:

Toys and other objects

Young children can choke on:

Preparing food safely

To help prevent your child from choking on food, follow these basic food safety tips.

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Current as of: March 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
John Pope MD - Pediatrics

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