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Here’s Why You Need to Cut Your Kid’s Grapes (and Other Foods)

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You probably saw this crazy story about a grape stuck in a kid’s throat that went viral recently. (Good news: He’s OK!) We’d love to remind parents and grandparents about other edible choking hazards, and what you should do for choking prevention.

It may surprise some of you to know that cutting up food shouldn’t stop at age 2 or 3. Sure, some kids will be more proficient in the chomping department than others. But when there’s a risk of choking, it’s wise to err on the side of caution.

The Most Common Choking Hazards

The majority of kids’ choking injuries are caused by food. Let’s break down the riskiest foods as well as how to keep your kids safe at snack time:

Hot Dogs

America’s favorite picnic food is actually the most risky food for choking among children. If your toddler or child under age 4 likes hot dogs, slice the hot dog lengthwise in long, noodle-like strips.

Pack a lunch your child will actually eat with these smart ideas.

Round Fruits or Vegetables

Even healthy snacks like grapes, cherry tomatoes, cherries, blackberries and blueberries pose a choking hazard for young children. These can block a child’s airway if swallowed whole. …read more

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