Choking Hazards

Young children tend to explore unknown objects by tasting them. However, they lack strong chewing capabilities and the reaction abilities to protect themselves from choking on smaller items. In particular, certain food items pose the number one choking threat to children. It is extremely important for parents, babysitters, and other supervisors to keep choking hazards out of a child’s reach and off a child’s plate.

Dangerous Home Items

As a parent or a supervisor, it is your responsibility to keep small and hazardous items off the floor and out of the reach of young children. Potential dangers include the following items:

  • Coins
  • Marbles
  • Small batteries
  • Buttons
  • Balloons
  • Staples
  • Earrings
  • Pins
  • Pen caps

Toys with small parts may also be threats to young children. Child product manufacturers are required to properly mark their items for the intended age group. Items with small, removable parts should be marketed toward older kids and labeled as dangerous for children under a certain age.

Food Dangers

It is imperative that young children are not given certain hard, sticky, or chewy foods, such as the following:

  • Hot dogs
  • Popcorn
  • Candies
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Peanut butter
  • Raw vegetables

Always make sure you cut foods into small bites for your children so that the risk of choking is minimized. Children under the age of 5 are at the highest risk, so always supervise them as they eat.

Contact Us

If your child has suffered a choking injury as the result of negligent supervision or improperly labeled children’s items, then you have the right to fight for compensation. Contact nationally-recognized child injury lawyer Jeffrey Killino today at 877-875-2927 to explore your legal options.