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Choking in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about choking in children?

Infants and very young children explore their environment by putting objects in their mouth. This increases their risk of choking if they swallow a small object. Small objects can easily get stuck in their airway because the airway is very narrow. Young children are also at increased risk of choking on certain foods because they cannot chew food well. Young children may not be able to cough strongly enough to clear an object from their airway. Choking can become life-threatening.

What increases my child's risk of choking?

What objects can cause choking?

What foods can cause choking?

Do not give the following foods to children under the age of 4 years:

What should I do if my child is choking?

What can I do to help prevent choking?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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