Safety Tips for Feeding Your Kids

  • Posted by Taylor Watson
  • December 10, 2017 9:31:59 PM PST
When feeding young kids, it is important to take into account the size, form and feel of what they'll be eating,

When feeding young kids, it is important to take into account the size, form and feel of what they'll be eating, as well as the setting in which you are feeding them. If a food is small or slippery, then it might go down the throat without being fully chewed and block the child's windpipe. To create feeding and foods events as safe as possible, children ought to be seated and supervised and also follow these safety tips.

Be Selective

Small, rounded foods, especially if they're relatively difficult or smooth, and chunks of meals can be more difficult for young kids to eat and they might swallow them whole. Foods such as this should typically be cut into smaller portions (under 1/2-inch) before being given to children under 4 years of age. Some foods, such as nuts and round hard candies, should be avoided altogether until kids have the ability to eat them safely. Canadian Kids

To help ensure security for your children while they eat, keep in mind this list of potentially troublesome foods or kinds of several otherwise appropriate foods:

• Hard, curved candies or cough drops
• Nuts, seeds and peanuts
• Raw fruits, such as whole grapes, chunks of apple or cherries with pits
• Raw vegetables, such as carrots, beans, peas, cherry tomatoes
• Hot dogs or sausages, either whole or cut into coin-shapes
• Marshmallows
• Gumballs
• Fish with bones
• Dried fruits and veggies, such as raisins or apricots
• Popcorn
• Snack chips that are difficult with a round shape
• Chunks of beef, cheese or other foods

Cut Before You Serve

Don't give small children difficult-to-eat foods in whole shape. When kids get old enough to chew over hot dogs, grapes, carrots and other difficult foods, then cut them into little, strip-shaped bits before serving. Also, encourage your child to chew thoroughly.

Keep a Watchful Eye

Children under 4 should always be seated and supervised while being fed. At this age, children don't have the capability to judge the best way to eat safely. It generally is not secure to run, jump or otherwise move around while eating. ,

Adhere to the "No-Eating-in-the-Car" Rule

If your child chokes as you are driving, you may not have the ability to respond quickly or appropriately therefore it is a good idea to avoid eating in the car entirely.

See Your Child's Eating Abilities

Each kid is unique. An individual may be much better than another when it comes to eating a few of the foods listed above. So watch your children carefully as they grow, and use your good judgment about what to feed them.

Be Prepared

Among the most important food safety tips for children, if your child choke to a food, is to be prepared for quick action. Always call 9-1-1. You may consider taking a class in basic first aid and rescue methods that includes advice on choking incidents and how to react to them. Your regional American Red Cross chapter offers these types of courses, as do some companies' insurance plans. Also, your physician should have more guidance on potential choking hazards and ideas on preventing these hazards.