5 foods that are unsafe for toddlers

Children younger than 4 years old are at the highest risk of choking, since they haven’t quite mastered chewing.

Feeding process is a tough period which requires special attention because the child’s health depends on it.

In your quest to add variety to his diet, mothers must know that not all foods are safe for your child. Some pose a choking hazard, and a few aren't good for your baby's still-developing digestive system.  Check out the list below:

  • Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away however your baby can choke on it if you give it to them in chunks. Chop into manageable sizes or cooked until mushy throughout.

  • Cow's milk and soy milk

Stick with breast milk or formula until your child's first birthday. Why? Your baby can't digest the proteins in cow's milk and soy milk during her first year, and these beverages contain minerals in amounts that can damage her kidneys.

  • Raw vegetables

Soft-cook vegetables such as carrots, celery, and broccoli, and dice, shred or cut them into pieces no larger than 1/2 inch before serving.

  • Nuts

Don’t feed your baby nuts may be too small to choke on but can get stuck in a child's airway and cause an infection.

  • Peanut butter

A large dollop of peanut butter can be hard for kids to swallow all at once. The safest way to eat it is to spread a thin layer of crackers or bread. It's also a good idea to serve it with something to drink.


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