No one knows better than you, how
delicate your baby is. At this tender age every little object can represent
danger for your child. Here's how you can ensure your child doesn't choke
on seemingly harmless foods and objects.
Always mash food before giving it to your baby. Even a piece of corn or grape can become a choking hazard for your child. Remember, your baby is not going to chew her food - she's just going to swallow it whole.
Don't let your baby sit alone and eat or drink something for even a minute. Make sure you are always with her.
Always feed her only when she's tightly secure in her baby chair. She should be upright when eating or drinking.
As your baby grows, you will no doubt
want her to gradually start eating on her own. But at this precarious stage
you need to ensure that the food you are giving her is not a choking hazard.
Pieces of carrots and beans should not be given to your child unless they
are boiled for a long time and softened.
Small toys always present a choking
hazard for babies. Don't let her play with marbles or anything tiny enough
for her to put into her mouth whole. Soft toys, dolls, mini Casios etc
Babies are constantly picking up
objects from around the house and putting them into their mouths. The minute
you see your child's mouth moving, you can be sure she's got something
in it. Put your fingers in her mouth and pull out whatever she's got in
it, immediately. As far as possible, clean up any mess around so coins,
buttons and the like are out of your baby's reach.
If there's a planter nearby, you
can be sure your baby will start chewing the mud. Make sure there are no
stones in the mud, or place your planters out of your baby's reach.
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