Toddler Safety: Rules for Sharp, Pointy Objects?

Kim Conte


Here's a horrifying story from Boise, Idaho: An 18-month-old toddler fell on a pencil while playing and had it go through his mouth and almost out the back of his head. Luckily, he had emergency surgery to remove the pencil and has made a full recovery...

Still, it's frightening to think how easily this could happen to anyone of our kids. If you have a toddler, you know first-hand how scary it is to see them running around with lollipop sticks, Popsicle sticks, toothbrushes, utensils, or other pointy objects in their mouths. Even walking or running with food can be a scary choking hazard for kids.

Do you have rules about walking or running with pointy objects such as these?

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