Home > Parenting > Child > Body Updated 22 April 2013 Prevent your kids from choking Children can choke easily on food, sweets or small toy parts. 0 Shutterstock ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Subscribe Parenting newsletter » 10 interesting Down syndrome facts Autistic savant 'reads minds' Children can choke easily on food, sweets or small toy parts. They should therefore always be supervised while they are eating. There is a lot that parents can do to prevent small children from choking.Take action:Make sure children sit quietly while eating. Insist that children eat at the table, or at least while sitting down. They should never run, play or lie down with food in their mouths. Avoid giving children foods such as popcorn, nuts, hot dogs, chunks of meat and cheese, whole grapes, hard, gooey or sticky sweets, chunks of peanut butter, corn chips, raw vegetables, raisins, or chewing gum, until the age of four. Check toys for small parts that may come off. Cut foods for infants and young children into pieces no larger than 2 cm and teach them to chew well.Visit our Child Zone for more info.(Photo of toddler from Shutterstock) More in Parenting More kids and teens heading to ER with headaches More: ChildBody advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.