Offer only safe foods and toys

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Choking hazards for small children abound, from food to ys.

The Nemours Foundation mentions these safety precautions to help reduce youngsters’ risk of choking:

  • Don’t give small children foods such as whole grapes or hot dogs, nuts, raw carrots, popcorn, spoonfuls of peanut butter or candies that are hard or chewy.
  • Carefully cut children’s food into small bites.
  • Keep small toys and household items — including deflated balloons, coins, beads and batteries — away from young children.
  • Offer your child only age-appropriate toys.
  • Inspect toys to make sure they don’t have small parts that can break off.

Source: http://www.healthfinder.gov/news/newsstory.aspx?Docid=671386&source=govdelivery