Halloween is approaching. If you take young children trick-or-treating, you should take extra precautions to ensure their safety.
One of the biggest dangers for children under the age of 4 is that they can choke on Halloween treats.
According to parenting website BabyCenter.com, some of the most dangerous candies are round, chewy, or sticky.
The safest options for toddlers are commercial packaged chocolate bars or treats like melt-in-your-mouth cookies.
You can also check out small toys like bouncy balls and treat bags that are loose candy wrappers that you can put in your mouth and eat.
“Nausea is when a child opens their mouth and pushes their tongue out to prevent things from ‘falling into the wrong tube,'” says Dr. Elizabeth Donner, a member of BabyCenter’s Medical Advisory Board. says.
“If your child is actually choking — if they’re having trouble breathing and not making gagging or coughing noises — then it’s time to act.”
If your child is choking, the organization suggests calling 911 immediately.
“For children under 1 year of age, give five rapid chest thrusts alternating with five blows to the back, repeated until suffocation ceases or victim loses consciousness. With children, we use the Heimlich maneuver, and if the victim is unconscious, we do CPR, and we have to do it until help comes,” Donner said.