Don’t risk it, quarter it!

Even a child that is confident in eating solid foods, a grape or tomato is just the right size to get stuck in a child’s windpipe.

Babies and small children are most at risk from choking because they examine things around them by putting them in their mouths.


  • Choose toys appropriate to the age of the child
  • Ensure that small objects such as marbles and peanuts and small toys are kept out of reach of children under three years old
  • Encourage older children to keep their toys away from their younger playmates
  • Pull cords on curtains and blinds should be kept short and kept out of reach
  • Keep animals, especially cats, out of the bedroom and use a net on a pram
  • Keep nappy sacks out of the reach of babies and young children
  • Never store nappy sacks in or around the cot or pram.
  • Small food such as grapes, cherry tomatoes & blackberries and other soft fruits should cut into quarters to prevent choking.