Food is an essential part of growth and development in your child. They have to be given small amounts of food for nutrition in their small bodies. What parents need to understand is that children are very delicate and sensitive. Moreover, they are not adults so they can’t have the diet that others have. Kids need a different type of digestive food that is broken into pieces, mashed or softened. If parents are not careful with providing these types of eatables than this might lead not only lead to loss of appetite but can also cause choking on food often. And preventing choking is very important as it can be fatal.
Choking basically occurs when an object (in our case food) is swallowed and it goes the wrong way and gets stuck in the windpipe; this stops the flow of oxygen to the brain. In ultimate cases, this could cause suffocation. Toddlers and young children have smaller upper airways so they are much more viable to problems in the air path. They have no idea of chewing and coughing an irritant out. Neither do they know a medical procedure to come out of this situation so parents should prevent this from happening from the start because prevention is always better than the cure.
Parents should know that a baby’s throat can stretch up to 4 cm maximum, anything bigger than this should not be fed. The first thing to consider is the hard foods like nuts, raw vegetables with seeds, candies, crisps or anything with seeds should not be given to them because the child can’t possibly chew them out. These foods can get stuck immediately into the windpipe and often in the lungs when they breathe.
How to Prevent Choking:
There is a misconception that every kind of soft food can be given to young kids but it is not the case. Soft fruits and vegetables like grapes or tomato have skin on them which gets stuck easily, so; make sure to give them the inner pulp. Sticky things like caramels and popcorns should certainly be avoided. For a kid so young he/ she doesn’t have the idea of how to swallow it. What you can do is chew the food into smaller pieces and then give it to them. Choose among liquids, as there is a variety of juices that can be given to children with the help of a spoon.
They also consist of nutrients from the natural produce. Honey is always a healthy alternative to give them the taste of something sweet. Small segments of bread or biscuits can be dipped in milk as they are very nutritious and easy to feed. If you want to add dairy products to their diet than yogurt is a good choice, it is in semi-liquid form making it easy for them to swallow and it reduces choking on food often. Cheese can also be given in small quantities. A little part of carbohydrates and proteins doesn’t do any harm either. You can give them chicken, egg or rice but try to mash it with your fingers first to make a paste and don’t leave any granules out.
Fruits and veggies like banana, mangoes, and potatoes are not very hard so their pulp can be mashed finely and then added to their food schedule. There are restrictions to a lot of foods but that shouldn’t keep you from giving your child what he needs to stay healthy. Moreover, you can also get advice from your doctor who can tell you techniques if in case your child has the trouble of suffocation or choking on food often. Children also eat according to their desire even if they are newborns or toddlers. Make sure not to push out everything and make them eat it forcefully.