Choking risks for toddlers

Toddlers learn about their environment through experiences, which often means putting things in their mouths.

While toddler-proofing your home, make sure you check for any small items that might be a choking risk if your child were to put it in their mouth. Keep small household objects, such as spare batteries or buttons, out of reach and store toys for younger children and older children in different boxes.

You can avoid choking risk by encouraging your child to sit down while they eat and being careful not to let them eat foods they might choke on, like hard lollies and nuts.

Finally, keep watch. As your toddler explores their world, they will need constant supervision to keep them safe.

Image Child uses tongs to choose sections of cut up fruit

Published — 30 August 2016 Last updated — 31 October 2016

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