As the holidays get closer it’s time to start getting out that party food. Treats, both salty and sweet are lovely to tuck into while enjoying a seasonal flick with the family. But parents of young children should watch out for the following bites that were highlighted by the HSE as choking hazards.
- Hot dogs/sausages
- Raw carrots
- Grapes (and similar shaped fruit and vegetables, e.g., cherry tomatoes, soft fruits)
- Peanut butter
- Chewing gum
- Boiled sweets
The HSE also offers some preparation guidelines to make food as safe as possible.
- Chop grapes and cherry tomatoes and other soft fruits into smaller pieces
- Sit children at a table while eating – they are much more likely to choke if they are walking or running around
- Don’t let children eat alone or in bed
- Skins from sausages should be peeled and the meat cut into small pieces, no wider than your child’s fingernail
- Thick pastes like nut butter should be spread thinly on bread or crackers to avoid choking