Babies and children can choke on food at any age but those under 5 are at higher risk, and especially children and babies under 3. Watch a video about ways to reduce the choking risk.
Avoid giving your baby small hard foods or whole foods.
If your baby is choking, they may not be able to make any noise. For babies up to 1 year: If the baby is unconscious, do CPR. If the baby is conscious, find out what steps to follow.
Children and infants who are not responding and not breathing normally will need CPR.
A list of helpful hints on food safety.
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