I’m a baby safety expert – 11 foods that could be a choking hazard that you need to watch out for | The Sun

A CHILD safety expert has revealed the 11 foods you have to watch out for as they could be a choking hazard.

Holly, a baby and toddler safety expert revealed the top foods most likely to cause a child under five to choke.

Posting to her TikTok account, Safe Beginnings, Holly, who is also a mum-of-two, listed the different foods.

The first foods that could be a choking hazard, according to the expert are hot dog weiners, whole grapes, nuts and seeds and popcorn.

Holly added any candy that is hard, sticky or gooey can also be a choking hazard for those under five.

Next, Holly said chunks of meat or cheese, chunks of peanut butter, chewing gum and marshmallows could also be a risk.


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Raw vegetables and raisins also made it onto the list.

She said: "These foods are considered high risk under age five when children have a small, funneled-shape airway and are still learning how to properly process and swallow food.

"These foods should be prepared safely before being given to a child."

The safety expert added that food often poses a higher risk of choking over other objects.

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She explained: "Foods tend to have some flexibility to them, which makes it easier for food to conform to the shape of a child's airway and create a plug.

The NHS website gives guidelines on preparing food safely for babies and toddlers.

They recommend introducing babies to solid foods from around 6 months of age, cutting food into narrow batons, avoid round shapes and firm foods.

Make sure that babies and young children are alert and seated safely upright in a highchair whilst eating.

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Always supervise babies and young children while they are eating.

Encourage babies and children to chew and swallow food properly and not to rush eating.

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