10 Frequently Eaten Foods That Can Choke Kids. Can You Guess What The No. 1 Culprit Is?

Make sure to cut up meat into little pieces when serving these to little kids.

3. Meat, not including hot dogs – 12.2% of food choking ER visits. Again, it’s a case of biting off more than they can chew. Serve your kids small pieces of meat and encourage them to eat slowly.


There is no doubt kids love things that are sugary and sweet. It’s not really good for their teeth. However, we tend to still give them this as a treat.

Gummy candies and other types of candies really need to be cut in smaller sizes when served to little kids as these types of candies have been known for years to result to kids choking, with some being fatal.

2. Other types of candy and gum – 12.8% of food choking ER visits. You really have to ask yourself if a kid needs candy and why / when you give it to them.



On the next page is the no. 1 cause of choking in kids. Here’s a clue: It’s also very sugary and something dentists have always warned parents about as a leading cause of cavities in children’s teeth.

Please be very careful in giving your kids hard candies as this is the no. 1 cause of choking among little kids. If you can avoid it, please do avoid it. Your family dentist will appreciate it too.

1. Hard candy – 15% of food choking ER visits. Think about how you eat it, it’s in your mouth and you suck on it, forcing the candy back in your mouth. A kid who doesn’t have the finesse to keep it in place with their tongue will fire that thing back in their throat fast.


It may not be that easy to stop your kids from eating the various foods on the list, but you should definitely keep a watchful eye on them. It’s important to note that when kids choke, they cannot scream for help. The most they can do is cough but that may not be loud enough for you to hear. If you’re not close by, you won’t be able to recognize that they’re choking.

Although there is a universal sign for choking, mom should be able to look out for more signs in case their kid is choking. Coughing and grasping for air are the most common signs.

For immediate First Aid, mayoclinic.org recommends the “five-and-five” approach. You can give 5 back blows or 5 abdominal thrusts. You can also alternate the two. Keep in mind that even if you have dislodged the obstruction, you should still rush your kid to the emergency room to be more on the safe side.


As much as it can be fatal, choking can also be prevented. So learn more about the top 10 food-choking hazards on babble.com. This very informative article gives you more than enough reasons to carefully watch the food your kid eats.

Which food items in this list has your child had a close call with choking?

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