Grapes, Minors, Choking and First Aid.
It’s a well known fact that whole grapes are a dangerous choking hazard for babies, toddlers and young children!
The size and shape of grapes means that they can completely plug a child’s airway. The tight seal produced by the grape’s smooth surface makes them difficult to dislodge with standard first aid techniques.
Young children are particularly vulnerable to choking on a grape because:
• They don’t have a full set of teeth and are still learning to chew properly.
• Their swallow reflex is still developing.
• Their airway is very small.
Precaution: Slice in half lengthways and ideally into quarters. NEVER in half widthways!
This handy image shows just how to slice them so that they are safe to eat – slice in half lengthways and ideally into quarters. NEVER in half widthways!
It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
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