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Uncut Grapes Are A Serious Choking Hazard: Blogger Mom Warns Other Parents Using A Harrowing X-Ray Pic

Date July 17, 2018

Most parents know that young children are prone to choking. But supervising your children when they are eating is not always enough to prevent accidents. Cutting food into small pieces is also a must, as a picture shared by one Australian blogger proves.

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Angela Henderson, who is a mother of two, blogger, and a clinician, shared a photo of an X-ray she took at work. It shows a grape stuck in the throat of a 5-year-old. The boy had to undergo surgery to get the grape out, and he was incredibly lucky that his airway wasn’t completely blocked.

Any solid foods can become a choking hazard, but grapes seem to be especially dangerous because of their size. The Guardian reports that the fruit is the third most common cause of death among children who die from choking on food.

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If a child doesn’t chew it thoroughly, a grape can slide into his or her throat and get stuck there. Grapes are also notoriously difficult to dislodge with first aid maneuvers.

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To lower the risk of choking, WebMD recommends cutting grapes and other foods into small pieces before giving them to children under the age of 5. For children under age 2, you can even mash them.

Here are a few other tips to lower the risk of choking in young children:

  • make children sit with their backs straight when they are eating;
  • don’t let children eat when walking;
  • learn how to administer first aid in case of choking;
  • always watch young children when they are eating.

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WebMD also lists some foods you shouldn’t give to children under the age of 4. These include hot dogs, uncut grapes, big pieces of other fruits and vegetables, chunks of meat and cheese, nuts and seeds, hard or sticky candy, chunks of peanut butter, and chewing gum.

Source: WebMD, The Guardian

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