10 surprising choking hazards for babies and toddlers

Some things in the home are overlooked and can be a surprising choking hazard for your child. Mommy blogger Nikita Camacho lists 10 things you should watch out for.

Nothing causes frantic panic in a household like a choking child. Babies’ and toddlers’ windpipes are narrow therefore making it is easy for your little one to choke. We have you covered, here’s what to look out for and how to handle it if your child chokes.

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Whole, uncut fruits

Strawberries, blueberries, cherry tomatoes and grapes may be good snacks for your child, but they are hazardous.

Tip: Cut the fruit in half or quarters, as it is easy for a whole fruit to get lodged in your child’s windpipe.

Popcorn and pretzels

The problem with these crunchy snacks is that they are eaten in mouthfuls -not a safe snack option.

Tip: It’s best to avoid hard crunchy snacks until your child is at least four years old and can chew properly.


Most homes have fridge magnets. These are dangerous to have around with little curious tots.

Tip: Ensure the magnets are out of reach!

Pet food

Often, babies and toddlers are curious about their pets’ food. The hard pellets are a choking hazard!

Tip: Make sure pet food is out of reach and locked in a cupboard. Also check the floors after your pet has eaten for rogue pellets.


This soft sweet may seem harmless, but it’s often rated the most hazardous food for children because it can completely block their airways.

Tip: Save the marshmallows until they’re older.

Plastic bottle caps

Plastic bottle caps are easy to find around the house, especially in the pantry and fridge.

Tip: Don’t underestimate your child, they easily learn how to open bottles.

Lithium batteries

In children’s toys, sometimes lithium batteries are used. The round flat-shape make them a choking hazzard.

Tip: Make sure the batteries of your child’s toys cannot be accessed and the battery box is fastened tight with screws.

Hot dogs

The simple dish is a favourite for many families. Babies and toddlers love to eat the sausage like the rest of the family.

Tip: Cut the sausage into much smaller pieces for them to chew.


Balloons are fun to play with, but should the balloon pop, it can easily be swallowed.  Best to leave the balloons out of reach.

Peanut Butter

The yummy spread is safer to enjoy when spread thinly on a piece of bread or cracker. A spoonful of the sticky spread can get lodged in your child’s throat.

What to do if your child is choking

Taking a CPR course is the best way to ensure you’re prepared for any eventuality. but following these steps can help.

  • Pick your child up
  • Place them tummy-down along your forearm.
  • Use your thigh as support.
  • Their head must be lower than their bottom
  • Using the heel of your other hand, hit your baby square between their shoulder blades to dislodge the object. Do this five times.
  • Check to see if the object has dislodged.
  • If not, call the ambulance and start CPR.
  • Remember not to panic.

Read more on what to do if your child is choking here.

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