How often have you given a child a gift, only for the box or wrapping to be more interesting to them? This Christmas we’re asking you to keep an eye out for wrappings, ribbons, decorations, or plastic packaging that may pose a choking, suffocation or strangulation hazard, especially around young children.
Additionally, anything that’s smaller than a D-sized battery, like small pieces in Christmas crackers, button batteries, nuts, lollies and small toys, can choke a child under three years.
It’s especially important to check toys, gadgets and musical cards for button batteries – if found, consider removing them from your home. If a child swallows a button battery, go to your nearest hospital emergency department immediately and do not induce vomiting
The RCH Australian Child Health Poll recently found that more than a third (38%) of Australian parents reported they did not know the first aid for a choking child. If you don’t feel confident in first aid treatment of children, consider making time to do some first aid training. First aid course providers, along with more tips on choking prevention, are listed in our fact sheet Choking, Suffocation and Strangulation