Popcorn is a favorite snack for many kids and adults, and it crunchy texture and diverse flavors are perfect. Some parents offer popcorn to their toddlers themselves, while others simply overtook the moment their kid put a kernel into their mouth. The snack may look innocent, it turns out it can put kids under 4 at huge risk. Below are some reasons why pediatricians strongly recommend not to give popcorn to little kids and some other foods.
The dangerous effects a popcorn kernel can have on a toddler
Many parents are aware of choking hazards like batteries or small toys, common food-related dangers are still unknown to many parents. In 2019 USA Today reported a case of a 2-year-old child who was hospitalized after eating. The boy was coughing and had a fever, after examination, doctors find out that the boy breathed the popcorn into his lung, which caused inflammation. Doctors successfully removed the piece of popcorn from the child’s lungs. The boy’s mother wanted other parents to learn from this chocking accident.
Why 4 year old is so crucial
Experts claim that, kids are at a greater risk of chocking until they turn 4 years old. Because at such age, kids fully able to chew the food they eating a proper way. This happens because, by that age, their molars erupt and their chewing skills are good enough to break the food down into smaller pieces for swallowing. In addition to that, young kids easily get distracted by the things around them, which increases their chocking risk. That’s why kids must be assisted when eating. Walking, running, laughing or talking while eating, and also eating too fast can lead to chocking.
Some other foods than can be dangerous for little kids
Popcorns is not the only kind of food that can lead to choking hazard for little kids, apart from popcorns there are other foods that shouldn’t be given to little children. Hot dogs, hard candy, nuts and seeds, raw carrots, apples, whole grapes, peanut butter, marshmallow and chewing gums.
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