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Never give babies whole grapes (sad)

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JanH Wed 02-Feb-05 10:36:53

I know incidents like this have been mentioned here before but here's another one for the benefit of anyone who didn't already know about it

Whole grapes can kill a small child - always halve them before you give them.

PuffTheMagicDragon Wed 02-Feb-05 10:39:39

How awful and so traumatic for his family and everyone who tried to save him in the shop .

Clarinet60 Mon 07-Feb-05 15:51:06

A 4 year old also died after choking on a grape in Preston last year.
I always halve ours now.

Lonelymum Mon 07-Feb-05 15:53:07

Gosh the Sun really gives a full account doesn't it? (Sorry, needless sarcasm there).

Marina Mon 07-Feb-05 15:54:16

I have to say that when dd is given a grape at communion at church, I chomp it up (obviously NOT at the altar rail) for her first.
I am similarly suspicious of cherry tomatoes...
This story was tremendously sad

trefusis Mon 07-Feb-05 16:02:02

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amunette Tue 08-Feb-05 01:17:10

This has been an ongoing battle with me and the inlaws, and some of my family. I knew of the risks with whole grapes, and oddly enough, hot dog sausages, as they are the top choking hazards for tots.

So no whole grapes allowed. Except when I tried to tell family this, they all accused me of over-reacting, and trotted out the "well, you/DH used to eat them whole....." excuses. I ended up getting pretty aggro about it, and told them fine, just humour me as an OTT new mum and chop them up!!

Better that than a choking child. Yet I know that they still did it behind my back, as they really do not appreciate the risks.

JanH Tue 08-Feb-05 09:04:09

There's a whole article about grapes/cherry tomatoes in Telegraph Health , amunette - print it off and hand it round to them. Silly people

JanH Tue 08-Feb-05 09:06:15

(I didn't know about frankfurters before but I suppose they're not eaten much here - I doubt if they'd be top of a UK list.)

piffle Tue 08-Feb-05 09:32:15

So sad isn't it...
my aunt died as an infant on a peanut, so out family has always been aware
am currently wrestling with inlaws over maltesers
I know sweets are common choking hazards too...
My dd won't eat them unpeeled so by the time I have slaughtered the grape to peel it, it resembles pulp...

amunette Tue 08-Feb-05 12:14:51

Forgot to add, went to a birthday party on Sunday, in-laws again!! Well, there was baby, 10mths old, just rolling around on the floor with a WHOLE sausage to munch on. No one watching her at all.

I said to MIL, who gave her that? She said, SIL had. I said it was bloody stupid and irresponsible to do so and walk off, and got a "oh, here we go" look from MIL!!

I think I will print out that article JanH, as I am seriously worried that the baby will end up choking.

Blu Tue 08-Feb-05 13:29:40

DS choked on a grape that was in one of those fruit jelly pots when he was 2.5. I don't think he realised it was in there. The person looking after him at the time was trained in what to do, and he was fine - but he now won't eat jelly, grapes or any wet slippery fruit.
Shows just how impotant the 1st aid training is. I wouldn't have been so competent if he had been with me

lisalisa Tue 08-Feb-05 14:29:51

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franch Tue 08-Feb-05 15:39:27

I have the same question as lisalisa: when are whole ones safe??

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