choking hazards

Choking happens when a child’s airway gets blocked by something. Anything smaller than a 20-cent coin can cause an airway blockage and be a choking risk for children.

Here are examples of choking risks for babies and young children.

Food choking risks include:

  • nuts and seeds, including popcorn kernels
  • hot dogs and sausages
  • pieces and bones of meat, including chicken or fish
  • hard foods like crackers and corn chips
  • lollies and marshmallows
  • unpeeled food like apples, nectarines, grapes and tomatoes
  • fruit pips and stones
  • raw vegetables like carrots, uncooked peas and lettuce leaves
  • stringy food like celery and pineapple.

Household choking risks include:

  • coins
  • small or button batteries
  • small magnets
  • the tops of pens and markers
  • jewellery.

Toy and toy part choking risks include:

  • plastic shapes
  • marbles
  • the eyes of stuffed toys
  • table tennis balls
  • uninflated or popped balloons.

Other risks include small things like tablets and chewable vitamins, chewing gum, stickers (like those on fruit) and garden objects (like pebbles).