Tiny toy details, coins, and magnets are all common choking hazards for little kids. You might be surprised to learn that fruits and veggies may be just as dangerous. Blogger and mother Angela Henderson shared an X-ray of a boy’s throat with a grape stuck in it to draw parents’ attention to hidden choking hazards.
Here at FoxSumo, we’ve found out why it’s important to always cut grapes, cherry tomatoes, and similar veggies and fruits, and we want you to know why.
This blogger and mom made a timeless warning for all parents by sharing a boy’s X-ray.
Angela Henderson, an Australian clinician, blogger, and mother of 2 kids, warned parents of choking hazards by sharing an X-ray of a 5-year-old boy. The shot depicts a kid’s throat with a round object stuck in it. In the post caption Angela wrote:
“Do you know what this X-ray is of? A grape! A grape that was lodged in the top of a 5-year-old’s airway today. This sweet soul had to be operated on under general anesthetic to remove the grape. He is VERY lucky that part of his airway was open or else this could have ended badly.”
Why it’s so important to cut grapes in half.
While the awareness of this potential hazard is not widespread, grapes are one of the most common food-related choking causes. The shape and size of whole grapes are ideally suited to get stuck in a kid’s throat, seal it, and cause airway obstruction. What’s more, is the smooth and flexible surface of this fruit makes it difficult to shift once it’s there. As a result, the stuck grapes often need to be surgically removed.
According to the New York State Department of Health, choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death in children under the age of 5. In the US, at least one child dies from choking on food every 5 days. Luckily, choking injuries and deaths are preventable if parents and other family members, school personnel, and the community in general are more attentive to obvious and hidden hazards.
Doctors and nonprofit organizations urge food manufacturers and retailers to label certain foods as potentially hazardous. “A simple notice instructing a parent to chop food into small pieces or refrain from serving certain foods to young children could save many kids’ lives,” said Bruce Silverglade, legal affairs director of Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), USA.
Remember to cut other veggies and fruit as well.
Grapes are not the only food product that can cause choking in kids. Cherry tomatoes, blueberries, and other firm, round berries, fruits, and veggies just about the size of a grape are also dangerous. Remember that all these foods are to be cut lengthwise, otherwise, they’re still big enough to get stuck in a child’s throat. If you’re not sure that halved foods are small enough to be safe for your kid, cut them further into quarters.
Did you know that whole grapes could be so dangerous for kids? Can you think of any other items that could be just as dangerous for kids? Tell us in the comments!