Choking, An Overview
As mentioned earlier, choking is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in children. The fundamental reason? Children pass through a specific stage of development when they get most pleasure or satisfy their curiosity through their mouths – that’s why they have the tendency to suck their thumbs or put objects inside their mouth.
Another contributing reason is that they have smaller airways, hence bigger chunks of foods that adults can eat without a problem can lead to choking in children.
Common Choking Items Parents Need To Watch Out For
Choking items could either be food, toys, or household objects.
Common food items that might cause choking are characteristically hard, sticky, chunky or dry. Examples include popcorn, gum, candy, and nuts.
Choking First Aid: What To Do If A Child Is Choking
If you find a choking child, do the following:
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