Pēpi (babies) and tamariki (children) can choke on food at any age but those under 5 are at higher risk, and especially tamariki and pēpi under 3. Watch a video about ways to reduce the choking risk.
Tamariki (children) and pēpi (babies) who are not responding and not breathing normally will need CPR.
See a list of helpful hints on food safety.
Being food smart is Oscar Kightley's passion - clean, cook, chill and you'll be food smart too.
Avoid giving pēpi (babies) small hard foods or whole foods.
If your baby is choking, they may not be able to make any noise. For babies up to 1 year: If your baby is unconscious, do CPR. If your baby is conscious, find out what steps to follow.
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