Infants and small children are highly inquisitive and tend to not just play with their toys but also put them in their mouth or land up hurting themselves unintentionally.
Toddlers have small airways that can be blocked easily, resulting in suffocation. And their reflexes not being completely developed and strong, they find it difficult to deal with this suffocation and take care of their action.
What Would Lead to Suffocation in Children?
There are various factors in the baby’s surroundings that could pose as a choking and suffocation risk to their health.
- When your baby is under three years of age, their full set of teeth has not developed and they cannot chew properly. This can cause them to feel choked. Hence, certain whole foods can cause them suffocation by getting stuck in their breathing tubes. Foods like nuts, grapes, raw carrots, pieces of chocolates, apples, corn chips and many more.
- Make note that your kid is sitting quietly while eating or drinking to prevent suffocation in children by choking.
- Cut hard and big foods into small pieces or make them into a semi-liquid paste and then feed your baby.
- Any minuscule object can lead to suffocation in children below the age of three years.
- Items like needles, buttons, safety pins, magnets, coins should be all kept at a safe distance and away from the reach of infants and small children as they have a tendency to put everything in their mouth, leading to suffocation or choking.
- Any product containing batteries like games and television remotes should be locked properly.
Toys and Games
- Not choosing age-appropriate toys and games can lead to adverse results.
- Children, especially the ones under the age of three years should be playing majorly with toys that have been recommended or labeled for ‘0-3’ years and should be larger in size so that there are no chances of swallowing them.
- When outdoors, the child has to be supervised by an adult, especially when playing on rope swings.
- Firstly, plastic is hazardous and causes suffocation to the entire ecosystem and not just children.
- Always tie a big knot on the plastic bag before throwing it away so that the kid doesn’t swallow it.
- Remove plastic covers from mattresses and they should be discarded as soon as possible.
Curtains and Blinds
- The dangling curtain cords may increase your baby’s risk of strangulation and suffocation.
- The curtain cord length should be kept at a length that is unreachable by children.
Pillows and Blankets
- Making a baby sleep in an adult bed is a big mistake.
- A child should not be having pillows, quilts, blankets, and stuffed toys with him/her during sleep. They’re also a cause of suffocation as they can interfere with their breathing.
Preventions to Avoid Suffocation in Children?
- Make the child sleep on a firm mattress.
- Have the child sleep on his/her back.
- Though it is very difficult with a small child, try to keep living spaces extremely organized with all objects in their place. The lesser your child comes in contact with dangerous (for them) objects, the fewer chances of suffocation.
- Always keep an eye on them when they’re playing, especially the kids under three years of age. Infants are most vulnerable to suffocation, choking, and breathlessness due to their mindless actions.
- When they’re playing games, which requires them to hide – in places like wardrobe or any other tight places, ensure to see that they do not lose their breathing because of suffocation.
Treatment for Suffocation in Toddlers and Children
The following first aid is something all parents should know. Remember that this applies to toddlers and older children only.