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Grains that may cause choking

  • Cookies or granola bars
  • Potato/corn chips, pretzels, popcorn and similar snack foods
  • Crackers or breads with seeds, nut pieces or whole grain kernels, such as wheat berries
  • Whole kernels of cooked rice, barley, wheat or other grains.

Protein-rich foods that may cause choking

  • Tough or large chunks of meat
  • Hot dogs, meat sticks, or sausages
  • Fish with bones
  • Large chunks of cheese, especially string cheese
  • Peanuts or other nuts and seeds
  • Peanut and other nut/seed butters
  • Whole beans

Vegetables and fruits that may cause choking

  • Raw vegetables (including green peas, string beans, celery, carrot, etc.)
  • Cooked or raw whole corn kernels
  • Whole, uncut cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Hard pieces of raw fruit
  • Whole pieces of canned fruit
  • Whole, uncut grapes, berries, cherries or melon balls (these fruits should be cut into quarters, with pits removed, before feeding)
  • Uncooked dried fruit (including raisins)

Sweetened foods that may cause choking

  • Hard candy, jelly beans, caramels or gum drops/gummy candies
  • Chewing gum
  • Marshmallows
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