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
- 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.