What Foods Do Toddlers Choke On?

What Foods Do Toddlers Choke On? – While whole (and even cut) grapes present a choking danger, other foods and objects cause choking as well.

What Foods Do Toddlers Choke On?

What Foods Do Toddlers Choke On?

Many parents know the dangers of feeding toddlers and preschoolers whole grapes. The reason: They have heard that an un-sliced grape is larger than a young child’s airway, and it’s smooth surface means it can easily slide to the back of the throat, causing the child to choke.

Admittedly, it’s easy to skip slicing grapes every single time you serve them. Or maybe, you slice most of the grapes but will hand one or two whole ones to your little one while you prepare the rest. But there is a new report out of Scotland reminds us why it’s never, ever okay to feed a young child whole grapes.

Recently, a 5-year-old choked on a grape at an after-school function. When efforts to dislodge the piece of fruit failed, he went into cardiac arrest and, sadly, passed away. In another case, a 17-month-old choked on a grape at home. His family couldn’t remove it and called for help. A paramedic was able to remove the grape but this little boy also, unimaginably, died.

In another instance, a 2-year-old began to choke on a grape at a park but the paramedics arrived in time to help him. Still, the little boy suffered seizures and brain swelling, and ended up spending five expensive days in the ICU.

And a two year old died in a supermarket when he choked on a grape in the produce department when mom wasn’t watching. Sadly, he died in a store full of employees and shoppers.

But it’s not just grapes!

What Foods Do Toddlers Choke On?

  • Hot dogs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Chunks of meat or cheese
  • Whole (and half a large) grapes
  • Cherries
  • Baby carrots
  • Tomatoes – especially cherry tomatoes
  • Hard, gooey, or sticky candy
  • Taffy
  • Popcorn
  • Chunks of peanut butter
  • Raw vegetables
  • Raisins
  • Chewing gum
  • Marshmallows

Over 50 percent of choking deaths occur in children under the age of 3 years, making choking a leading cause of death in infants and toddlers.

Be Safe and Only Feed Toddlers Under 3 While They Are Seated and Still

And Have a Toddler Dechoker Nearby At All Times

What Foods Do Toddlers Choke On? Be Prepared with the Toddler Dechoker

Childhood breathing obstruction visits to the ER approach 100,000 annual visits. Every 2 hours, here in the U.S., a person dies from choking. Now we can’t eliminate grapes, hot dogs, peanuts, jelly beans, hard candy, coins, sausages, popcorn, marshmallows, carrots, peas, celery, cherries… and so much more. Just get the Dechoker.

The Dechoker is a registered FDA Class I Anti Choking Safety Device (ACD) that comes in 3 sizes – Toddler, Child and Adult.

The Dechoker is a life saving device which can be used for choking first aid on anyone, regardless of age, illness, disorder, weight, or other health-related condition. With little training, a parent can use a Dechoker on their child to prevent an accidental choking death. And even better, a child can use it on an adult, it’s that easy to use.

Additionally, toddlers don’t chew food all that well, mostly due to teething.

And, a toddler’s windpipe has the diameter of a straw, so it doesn’t take much to block a small child’s airflow.


Dechoker for children and toddlers 2The Dechoker for Toddlers unit is designed for toddlers 12 months to 3 years of age. It has a nose piece specifically modeled for small faces as well as a shortened tube for the perfect sizing.

Be prepared for any choking emergency by keeping a Dechoker unit close at hand. It also fits in a regular sized diaper bag, stroller, or backpack so it is easily portable.


Dechoker for children and toddlersIt seems like a child explores its world with its mouth, which makes the risk of choking a continual concern. The Dechoker for Children unit is designed for growing children from 3 years to 12 years old. It has a nose piece small enough to fit on a small child’s face but is powerful enough to dislodge debris from the airway.

When safety is your highest priority, making a Dechoker unit part of your first aid or medical kit keeps you prepared for any choking emergency. It also fits in a regular sized diaper bag, stroller, or backpack so it is easily portable.

If you are with a Federal, State, Local, and/ or Educational entity, please contact Global-Tec Enterprises, Inc. Directly:

(561) 432-1746

Order Your Dechoker Today!


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