To prevent children younger than 4 years
from swallowing or inhaling objects:
Carefully supervise young
Keep small items out of your child's
Teach children not to put anything other than food in their
Do not give children
foods that may cause choking. These include hard, smooth, or chewy foods that
must be chewed with a grinding motion or foods that are round and can easily
get stuck in the throat. These types of food are more likely to be swallowed
improperly or inhaled.
Have children, especially toddlers, sit down
to eat their food.
Cut food into small pea-sized
Do not feed your child while he or she is crying or
Discourage talking, laughing, or playing while
your child has food or beverages in his or her mouth.