Nanny Issues Warning About Foods That Should Never Be Given to Children Under 6

In a video, a nanny explains why some foods should never be given to children under the age of six.

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Danielle Manton-Kelly, an experienced nanny, made a post explaining why some foods should not be given to children under the age of 6, as they can be a danger to little ones.

According to her, certain foods can obstruct children’s airways, and those aged 5 or younger are at the highest risk of injury or death related to choking.

The first item mentioned by Manton-Kelly is popcorn, specifically because children tend to “inhale deeply” irregular grains.

“Popcorn, people don’t realize, is actually a significant choking hazard,” added Manton-Kelly, regarding its potential to block airways. “It’s significant… It’s simply not worth the risk; there are other snacks you can give them.”

Next, she warns about marshmallows, even the small ones; Manton-Kelly explains that “they are very sticky” and “extremely difficult” to remove once they become lodged in a child’s throat. Some fruits can also be a danger to young children: grapes, cherry tomatoes, and blueberries should be cut into small pieces before serving, clarifies the nanny.

“The issue with these foods, especially grapes, is that they do not dissolve,” she says.

Snacks like sausage rolls or similar finger foods also pose a risk, as they can get “packed in the cheeks”; Manton-Kelly explains that this makes the food harder to swallow: “It becomes a kind of hardened ball.”

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