Tips to Prevent Choking

  • Know your child's chewing and swallowing abilities
  • Supervise your child while eating
  • Children should be sitting upright while eating—not lying down or running

Avoid hazardous foods which are cylindrical in shape or very sticky such as:

  • Whole grapes (cut into four pieces)
  • Hard pieces of food such as candy, popcorn, nuts
  • Peanut butter (spread thinly and use smooth instead of chunky)
  • Cook or mash carrots and corn
  • Cut hot dogs or carrots into narrow, length-wise pieces