Every year, thousands of people are involved in choking accidents. Children are at a particularly high risk of choking on food and other objects because a child’s airway is narrow and can easily be blocked, even by small objects. Knowing the common causes of choking and how to prevent them can help keep your child safe.
Common Causes of Choking
Children commonly choke on hard foods and household objects, including:
- Chunks of meat, cheese, fruit, or vegetables that are not chopped finely enough
- Popcorn, nuts, and seeds
- Candy and gum
- Hard round objects, such as marbles, coins, bouncy balls, and small batteries
- Small toys or parts of toys
The general rule is that if an object can fit in your child’s mouth, he or she can choke on it. To prevent a choking accident, consider the following child choking hazard preventative steps:
- Keep all small objects off of the floor and out of reach of your child
- Avoid buying clothes with large, loose buttons that could fall off or be ripped off
- Avoid buying small toys that can fit in your child’s mouth or toys with small parts that could fall off
- Cut your child’s food up finer than you may think is necessary
- Avoid feeding or giving your child the above foods and objects until they are 4 years old
- Place child locks on doors and cabinets that contain items that are a choking risk
If your child has been involved in a choking accident and you believe negligence is involved, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer immediately. He or she can help you determine if someone is legally responsible for the accident and hold them accountable in a court of law.
For more information on choking accidents and liability, please contact the experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633.