As many parents know, when it comes to incorporating grapes into a young child’s diet, it’s best to make sure the fruit is cut up.
Because of the size and shape of a grape, the fruit can be seen as a choking hazard for small kids. But as one mom revealed on Facebook, even “older” kids need to be careful when eating grapes as well.
As Laura Lou Chambers wrote, her daughter, Olivia, nearly died while eating the snack the mom prepared for her two kids.
Last night Olivia nearly died. And it was my fault. I made her and Oscar a snack, handful of grapes and some dried…
Last night Olivia nearly died. And it was my fault. I made her and Oscar a snack, handful of grapes and some dried cereal. It was the first time since hearing about that poor child who died choking on a grape that I didn’t cut them in half.
The mom said she didn’t cut the grapes in half because Olivia is nearly five years old.
She admitted that she assumed her daughter was at an appropriate age to eat a grape whole:
I figured- she’s almost 5, she isn’t the kind of kid to shovel food and choke, and I was rushing to finish cleaning the house. So off she went upstairs with her bowls of snack to carry on playing with her brother. I continued hoovering, luckily I’d switched it off when I heard her at the top of the stairs. I knew in an instant what had happened. I ran to her. She couldn’t breathe.
She had gone to chew a grape and it had shot to the back of her throat, gone down and got wedged. I turned her over and hit her as hard as I could between the shoulder blades and still nothing. She was looking me dead in the eyes and her lips turned blue as she couldn’t breathe.at.all. Jamie finally managed to perform some manoeuvre on her that sent this grape pictured flying across the room.
Chambers then warned other parents out there to be wary of the dangers of grapes. So far, over 62,000 people shared her post on Facebook.
And as the American Academy of Pediatrics reports, grapes aren’t the only food that poses choking hazards to children under the age of four:
- Hot dogs
- Nuts and seeds
- Chunks of meat or cheese
- Whole grapes
- Hard or sticky candy
- Chunks of peanut butter
- Chunks of raw vegetables
- Chewing gum
The mom concluded, “I lay here now watching her sleep I’ve cried most the night & my heart hurts as I look at her chest where there are still nail indentations from where she clawed at her throat for air, PLEASE PLEASE let this be a reminder to all the parents out there – my life nearly changed forever last night all because of my carelessness.”