Choking hazards for young children

Please be aware of the following:

  • Children under 3 tend to put everything in their mouths. Avoid buying toys intended for older children which may have small parts that pose a choking danger.
  • Never let children of any age play with underinflated or broken balloons because of the choking danger.
  • Avoid marbles, balls, and games with balls that have a diameter of 1.75 inches or less. These products also pose a choking hazard to young children – At Nell Gwynn we will closely supervise children using these items.
  • Children at this age pull, prod and twist toys. Look for toys that are well made with tightly secured eyes, noses and other parts.
  • Avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.


List of potential choke hazards:

  • Latex balloons
  • Coins
  • Marbles
  • Toys with small parts
  • Toys that can be compressed to fit entirely into a child’s mouth
  • Pen or marker caps
  • Small balls
  • Button batteries
  • Medicine syringes
  • Hair barrettes and beads
  • Jelly cubes


Please ensure that items with circular batteries are secure as they can be toxic and highly damaging to a child’s tongue and throat if swallowed.

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