Choking Prevention

Supplement A: Practice Choking Prevention (June 2013) (PDF | 1.27 MB)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Identifies foods that pose a choking risk, serving tips to prevent choking, and guidance for safe mealtimes. From the Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the CACFP.

Feeding Infants: A Guide for Use in the Child Nutrition Programs (Chapter 9) (December 2001) (PDF | 116 KB)


This chapter focuses on preventing choking in infants and children in child care settings. View the full Infant Feeding Guide here.

Foods Associated with Choking (2007) (PDF | 38 KB)

USDA. NAL. WIC Works Resource System.

This job aid from WIC Learning Onlineprovides a list of foods to avoid serving to young children.

Infant and Child Lifesaving Steps (2000) (PDF | 35 KB)


Appendix A from Building Blocks for Fun and Healthy Meals provides choking prevention tips as well as a mini poster of infant and child lifesaving steps from the American Red Cross.

Choose MyPlate Food Safety

United States Department of Agriculture.

Provides a list of foods that may be choking hazards and tips to prevent choking.

Preventing Choking on Food by Children: Safe Practice Guidelines for Child Care Facilities (October 2014)

Public Health Seattle & King County. Child Care Health Program.

Information on what to look for when choosing foods for children.