Home > Parenting > Child > Nutrition 24 January 2014 Chunks of foods a hazard for toddlers Big chunks of food could pose a choking hazard for toddlers. 0 iStock ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Subscribe Parenting newsletter » Autistic savant 'reads minds' Tasting a lemon for the first time Little mouths and throats aren't suited for big chunks of food, which could pose a choking hazard. The American Academy of Paediatrics says parents should avoid giving their toddlers: Whole hot dogs (should be sliced). Jelly beans and other hard candies, as well as nuts, seeds and popcorn. Thick chunks of peanut butter. Raw crunchy vegetables, such as green beans, carrots or celery. Whole cherry tomatoes or grapes (they should be quartered). Big chunks of meat, fruit, raw veggies or potatoes.Read more: • Toddlers' foods often too salty • How baby's healthy diet feeds IQ Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved. More in Parenting Rice cereals introduce babies to junk food – Noakes More: ChildNutrition 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 Top tips for beating PMS now Win a spa voucher worth R1000! Don't let PMS get you down Four tips for healthy winter hair Live healthier Coffee and wine for the win! » Could heartburn drugs upset your 'good' gut bacteria? Life is a gut reaction Good news! Coffee & wine may promote a healthy gut Diverse bacteria help your gut stay healthy. Here's how what you eat and drink can help or harm that balance - and it's not all bad news. I gave hubby HIV » Giving babies antibodies promptly may eliminate HIV Vaginal ring to prevent HIV on the cards I gave my husband HIV and watched him die Stephanie van Niekerk unwittingly infected her husband with HIV and ended up having to watch him wither and die in front of her very eyes. This is Stephanie's story in her own words.