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St Saviour's Church Schools

Safety Advice for families

Public Health Department are encouraging families to follow this advice with food brought into schools through snack and packed lunches.
 
Doctors have issued a stark warning that young children can choke to death on whole grapes, following the recent tragedy of a young boy who choked whilst eating grapes at an after-school club. Despite first aid, the grape could not be dislodged and the child had a heart attack and tragically died.
 
Why are some foods so dangerous?
The size and shape of grapes & cherry/plum tomatoes means they can completely plug a child’s airway. The tight seal produced by the foods smooth surface makes them difficult to dislodge with standard first aid techniques.

 

Young children are particularly vulnerable to choking on grapes/ tomatoes because:

 

  • Their swallow reflex is still developing.
  • Their airway is very small.
  • They don’t have a full set of teeth and are still learning to chew properly.

 

We advise that grapes and tomatoes are cut in half lengthways and ideally in quarters.
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