Choking & CPR
Best eating practices for infants and toddlers.
Pediatric Otolaryngologist Nina Shapiro walks us through her recommended best practices for infants or toddlers eating. Some dos and don’ts on her list are no candy, nuts, or popcorn for children under three years old, and never allow your child to run or play while they eat. One child dies every five days in this country from choking on food.
Food choking is surprisingly common. One child dies every five days in this country from choking on food. About 10,000 kids each year visit the emergency room from choking accidents. If it were my choice, kids couldn't be on baby food 'til they're twelfth. This is not possible, but we do have to have some guidelines. Unfortunately, there are no guidelines set from the FDA or from the CDC regarding what is safe for children to eat. My recommendation is that toddlers, and by toddlers I mean kids under three, should not have candy of any kind, no lollipops, no nuts, no popcorn. Raw vegetables, you need to be very careful in kids under two or three also. The most common way to have a ... Read more