Foods that can be unsafe for your child

Foods that can be unsafe for your child

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As your child grows, he'll be eager to sample food from your plate – and you'll be eager to add variety to his diet. But not all foods are safe for your child at every age.

Foods to avoid: 12 to 24 months

Low-fat milk: Most young toddlers need the fat and calories of whole milk for growth and development. Once your child turns 2 (and if she doesn't have any growth problems), you can start giving her lower-fat milk if you like. (If your child is at risk for obesity, however, the doctor may recommend introducing low-fat milk before age 2.)

Choking hazards

Large chunks: A chunk of food can get stuck in your child's throat. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that you cut food into pieces no larger than 1/2 inch. For example, cut fruits such as grapes, cherry tomatoes, and strawberries into quarters before serving, and shred or finely chop meats, vegetables, and cheeses.

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 and seeds: Remove seeds and pits from fresh fruit such as watermelon, peaches, plums, and cherries before serving. And don't feed your child nuts or seeds, such as sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Seeds may be too small to choke on but can get stuck in a child's airway and cause an infection.

Hard or crunchy foods: Nuts, popcorn, and pretzels are all choking hazards, as are all hard candies and cough drops.

Sticky foods: Chewing gum and sticky foods – such as jelly or gummy candies, dried fruit, and marshmallows – can get lodged in your child's throat. Stringy, melted cheese that's not cut up also can be a choking hazard.

Nutbutter: Dollops of peanut butter and other nut butters, which can be difficult to swallow, are a choking hazard. Don't serve them on a spoon. Spread nut butter thinly on bread or crackers, or thin it with water, applesauce, or yogurt.

Learn more about preventing choking in young children and choosing safe finger foods.

Foods to avoid: 24 to 48 months

Choking hazards: Even though your child is becoming a more competent eater, there's still a chance he'll choke on his food. Continue to avoid the choking hazards listed above, and discourage your child from walking, talking, watching television, lying down, or doing anything else while eating that might distract him from his meal.

Foods to avoid: 4 to 5 years

Choking hazards: Your child is a competent eater now, but you still need to be on the lookout for food she could choke on. Also minimize distractions while she's eating.

The latest on children and food allergies

Once your child is a toddler, it's not necessary to introduce new foods gradually, unless he is allergic to other foods. If your child already has a known food allergy, it's still a good idea to wait several days after each new menu item to make sure your child doesn't react badly to it. And check with his doctor to determine the best strategy for introducing the top allergenic foods, which include eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.

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