Experts caution parents of small children not to let them eat whole grapes because they
pose a high risk for fatal choking. In a recent report, auhtors stated that grapes are often
larger than a young child’s airway and the soft, smooth surace of the fruit allows it to easily
become lodged and create a tight seal preventing any air from getting through. The grapes
are difficult to dislodge by either coughing or even the Heimlich maneuver. This is true
of cherry/grape tomatoes also. Experts suggest cutting foods such as these in half or even
quarters before feeding to children younger than five.
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