Popcorn for toddlers January 09, 2017 18:11
My husband and I went to the supermarket the other day, and we saw a pack of organic popcorn kernels. And we thought to ourselves, woah our son would love it. It would pop, make noise... fill the house with a wonderful smell and tastes delicious. Amazing. We would win brownie points with our baby boy!
We actually bought it, brought it home... but Christmas came and went. We were travelling in and out of Singapore, had visitors... threw us out of our routine really.
That pack of popcorn kernel stayed in the kitchen pantry.
I'm kind of grateful for that, because I didn't know that the American Academy of Pediatrics actually don't recommend popcorn till 4 years old, because the unpopped kernels can be a choking hazard.
Other high-risk foods include hard candy, peanuts/nuts, seeds, whole grapes, raw carrots, apples, popcorn, chunks of peanut butter, marshmallows, chewing gum, and sausages.
Children sometimes forget to chew thoroughly and swallow without giving much thought. Sometimes they choke, especially when they get excited with their favourite food.
The only reason I chanced upon this piece of information was because a fellow parent shared this information on Facebook, in light of the recent tragedy of Mirranda Grace Lawson.
As a mother, it was really hard for me to read and stomach.
The best thing for me to do is to share this piece of information to prevent it from happening to others.
Rest in peace Mirranda.
Parents, please stay vigilant.
Wishing everyone a great week ahead.