Parents know that when you welcome a new little family member into your home, there’s no such thing as too much preparation. Still, despite all our best baby-proofing efforts, some things slip under the parental radar—and many of those things are tiny! We’re talking “loose change and pen caps” small. We’re talking about household choking hazards.
Choking is one of the leading causes of death among children, especially toddlers age 3 or younger, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. It’s no secret that kids at this age love to put everything into their mouths. Because a child’s windpipe is much narrower than an adult’s, the risk of choking is much higher.
Here, we’ve put together a list of some important choking hazards for children, aside from food, that you may have missed. We also want to introduce a solution we believe should be in every family home for choking emergencies.
Choking Hazards to Check
A thorough check of your home is critical once your baby starts toddling around and grabbing every item he or she can get those tiny hands on. Look for these common baby and toddler choking hazards:
BONUS TIP: Remember to check for these hazards frequently. Baby-proofing is not a one-time thing; it’s daily vigilance.
A Further Solution: The Dechoker
Keeping all those little hazards out of the home is a constant challenge, but there’s also something we recommend all parents keep in the home: the Dechoker.
No matter how vigilant you are as a parent, the risk of a baby or toddler choking will remain. Our easy-to-use first aid device can unblock a child’s airway quickly in an unexpected emergency, when time is critical. Appropriate for children age 12 months to 3 years, the Dechoker for toddlers can help you be prepared and offer you peace of mind as a loving parent.
Learn more about how the Dechoker works and why it’s a smart choice for your family’s safety.
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