There are very few things as terrifying as seeing your child choke. While I've never experienced a life-threatening choking incident with one of my kids, there have definitely been times when I've had to jump up and pound their backs to quickly dislodge a piece of food they didn't chew enough. If you've ever gone through something similar, you know that heart-stopping feeling. While most parents are well aware of the choking hazard posed by things like grapes, you might not realize that there are lots of other foods that are just as dangerous to toddlers.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), choking is one of the leading causes of death for children under 3. The airway of a child is incredibly tiny — according to the New York State Department of Health, it's only about the width of a drinking straw — so it's easy for it to become blocked off by a piece of food lodged in the throat. That's why it's incredibly important to make sure to cut up your kids' food properly if you're serving any of the items on this list, or wait until they're older and better at chewing properly. You can also help protect your little ones from choking by supervising meal times, and perhaps most important of all, get trained in CPR according to Today's Parent, as well as the Heimlich Maneuver.
Here are 11 foods to be extra careful with during mealtime to make sure you don't end up in an emergency situation.