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.
Children and infants who are not responding and not breathing normally will need CPR.
A list of helpful hints on food safety.
Being food smart is Oscar Kightley's passion - clean, cook, chill and you'll be food smart too.
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 your baby is unconscious, do CPR. If your baby is conscious, find out what steps to follow.
KidsHealth is a joint initiative between
The Paediatric Society of New Zealand -
Te Kāhui Mātai Arotamariki o Aotearoa
and Starship Foundation
Supported by Te Whatu Ora -
Health New Zealand
Call Healthline free on 0800 611 116 for health advice and information in NZ
Back to top
Email us your feedback
© The Paediatric Society of New Zealand and Starship Foundation 2005 - 2023 Printed on 30 November 2023. Content is regularly updated so please refer to www.kidshealth.org.nz for the most up-to-date version