Finding healthy snacks for kids is just one of the many struggles of navigating the murky waters of parenting. We want something that’s healthy and sustainable, but also can’t break the bank with how much growing kids can eat! A tried and true snack choice for many parents is a handful of grapes.
But after a close call with her 5-year-old son, one mother has a warning to all parents about the safe way to serve grapes to your kiddos.
Australian blogger, Angela Henderson, posted a photo on Facebook of an X-ray that was shared with her by a fellow mom. The scan shows a full grape lodged in the top of her son’s throat, almost completely blocking his airway.
Do you know what this X-ray is of? A grape!
A grape that was lodged in the top of a 5 year olds…
Despite having to undergo general anesthetic and surgery to remove the grape, Henderson says the boy is “VERY lucky” that part of his airway remained open or this situation “could have ended badly.”
According to pediatricians, not only should grapes and other small fruits like cherry tomatoes be sliced in half when serving them to children, but there’s a proper way to do so to prevent kids from choking on their food.
A harrowing reminder of this is two-year-old Ayyan Umar, who choked to death last summer after swiping two grapes from a package while sitting in his mom’s grocer cart.
Not only is it important to always slice grapes in halves (or quarters for younger children), but remember to always slice the grape vertically rather than horizontally. This will effectively prevent the fruit from blocking a child’s airway when swallowing.
In her post, which has now been shared nearly 40,000 times, Henderson reminds parents that it’s not all kids chew their food, or chew it completely—especially if they’re in a rush at school to finish lunch and get to the playground.
“When in doubt,” she says, “just cut the grapes.”