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Objects That May Cause Choking in Young Children


Objects That May Cause Choking in Young Children

Teach your child not to put objects in his or her mouth. The following objects may cause choking in young children.

  • Toys, such as:
    • Jacks, marbles, and marble-sized balls
    • Latex balloons, either uninflated or broken pieces. Balloons are easily inhaled into the windpipe.
    • Those with small detachable parts, like wheels
  • Household objects, such as:
    • Coins
    • Adhesive bandages
    • Buttons
    • Beads and other jewelry
    • Thumbtacks and screws
    • Paper clips, pen tops, and safety pins
    • Clothing price tags
    • Small holiday decorations
  • Kitchen items, such as:
    • Eggshells
    • Bottle caps
    • Plastic tabs from protective coverings on containers

    Test small objects by passing them through a toilet-paper tube. If they fit inside, they could become lodged in the throat of a young child.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Last RevisedJanuary 22, 2013

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