Babies and young children learn about the world by putting things in their mouths. While you might pick up an object to get a closer look, your baby will probably want to chew it to find out more!
Remember - Babies and young children haven’t learnt how to chew, swallow and breathe in the right order yet. They sometimes get them mixed up, and this can cause choking.
Some small objects, such as marbles, beads and button batteries, are just the right size to get stuck in a child's airway and cause choking. Even something as small as a grape can cause a toddler to choke. Reconstituted meat, like hot dogs and burgers, are some of the main dangers, along with hard sweets and nuts.
You can keep your home child friendly by:
- Making sure that small objects such as coins, buttons, small batteries, small parts from toys, are kept out of your child's reach
- Always cutting up food to make it safer to eat. Foods like tomatoes, grapes and blackberries should be cut into quarters.
- Staying with your child while they eat, encouraging them to sit still and not to wriggle around, run around or lie down.
- Avoid giving peanuts to children under 6 - they can be dangerous if a child chokes on them.
- It’s dangerous to prop a baby up to feed. If they choke they won’t be able to push the bottle away.
The following video demonstrates what you should do if your child is choking:
Take our quiz to find out if your home is a Child Friendly Zone, along with ideas to help you make your home safer for your child.
For more information about steps you can take to make your home a Child Friendly Zone, why not complete the Home Safety Checklist with your family?
Or you can print our "Child Friendly Zone" signs and put them up in your house, to remind you of our top tips for keeping your home Child Friendly!
For more information about how you can reduce risks in your home and what to do if your child has an accident, visit
MySpira is the world's first augmented reality asthma training game, developed in collaboration with healthcare professionals.
Suitable for children aged 6 -13, the MySpira app aims to improve the training of correct inhaler technique, using a combination of augmented reality and game play.
The app is available to download for free.
or visit myspira.com to download the app