A 2-year-old, thankfully, was resuscitated after he choked on a grape on Friday. Paramedics arrived on the scene a minute and a half after the incident, and after performing CPR and using a vacuum procedure to remove the grape, the boy was announced to be in stable condition. Thank goodness. The thought of a child turning "a shade of light blue" is enough to send shivers down any parent's spine. And also, it's a really, really important reminder.
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In addition to knowing infant and child CPR and brushing up on your skills regularly (I keep my booklet in my daughter's diaper drawer and glance over it every few months), it's important to know which foods are considered choking hazards for young children. You may think your child has fully grasped the concept of chewing and swallowing all foods, but it only takes one time for things to go irreversibly wrong. Terrifying fact alert: Choking is one of the top five causes of death in children under the age of five. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one child dies every five days from choking on food. That's far too high a number.
Here's a list of foods that are considered choking hazards to toddlers and how to make said foods safer. Don't become a statistic.
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