Choking in toddlers and children is one health emergency that requires immediate treatment. Sometimes, children choke while they cough and toys can also pose a hazard. What can you do?
By Poorvisha Ravi
Most people are ill-equipped for emergency situations. They often fail to foresee accidents and often do not know how to administer first aid and take emergency measures. This is especially relevant in the context of children, as they tend to be more accident-prone.
One of the most common domestic accidents that can happen to children is choking. According to an article, Choking Prevention For Children, published in the New York State Department of Health, in 2017, choking is the fourth leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of five years.
A little forethought goes a long way in ensuring that choking does not occur at all. Here are the most common causes of choking and what parents can do to prevent them:
Parents should pay equal attention to how and what children eat, especially when they are not present. Here are some tips on how you can prevent children from choking on food:
Toys are almost always in close contact with children. While some toys are designed to be chewed or resistant to chewing, many toys have loose parts that can be a choking hazard. Parents must keep these things in mind while buying toys for their children:
While it is easy to watch what your child plays with or eats, it is more difficult to keep an eye on her all the time. It’s no surprise that babies and toddlers, tend to put anything within their reach into their mouth – from mud to even small insects.
Keep small objects like pens, pieces of paper, beads, stationery, plastic, polythene, coins, marbles, etc., at a height that the child cannot reach. Vacuum the floor often. You may even consider getting your house professionally baby-proofed.
Taking care of a child is a big responsibility; but by implementing proper safety measures, you can ensure your child remains free of any lurking danger. The most important step is to possess the presence of mind and remain calm in the event of a crisis.
Validated by Dr Shruthi Gatalia, Pediatrician
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