Batteries can be a serious choking and/or poison hazard. According to Kids Safe Worldwide, in 2013, poison control centers reported close to 2,800 cases of children ages 19 and under swallowing button batteries, and three children under the age of six dying as a result of swallowing batteries.
Balloons are a ‘toy’ that present a serious child choking risk as they account for a large number of child deaths every year. Children have been known to inhale and choke on pieces of balloons. This is because balloons, unlike hard toys, have the ability to conform to the exact shape of children’s airways. This makes it easy for them to get stuck in the throat and obstruct the child’s airway. If these objects get lodged in the trachea, they can block airflow and lead to asphyxiation.
According to The Science Daily, choking is the leading cause of both injury and death among children under the age of four. Most choking incidents involve coins, food, and toys. Coins and candy are responsible for 37% hospital emergency room visits for Choking for children 1-4 years old. Because of this, anyone who takes care of children has a rather obvious obligation to ensure that coins aren’t left in places where young children can reach them.
Children Under Age Three Are Most at Risk for Choking on Toys According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 200,000 children end up in emergency rooms each year for toy-related injuries, some of them dying as a result. Children under the age of three face the greatest risk
Parents have a lot to worry about when it comes to the safety of their children, especially when it comes to food-based choking hazards. Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death in children under the age of five. At least one child dies from choking on food every five days and more than 10,000 are taken to the emergency room each year due to complications related to choking on food.