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) NEXT ON HEALTH24X A weak grip may signal future health trouble, even in kids 2018-08-28 13:00 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... Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.