Originally Posted by lolar2
The recommendations I've seen are for children under 6. I guess it's because the airways get bigger at about age 6.
The larnyx can take until 6 yrs of age to fully form, which is why croup is generally a non-issue for children 6 and older whereas it is potentially life-threatening for children under age 6 whose larnyx's may not hold the airway open when swollen from a virus.
If a child with a not-fully-developed larnxy had an object lodged in the airway, the swelling could close up the airway completely and make it nearly or completely impossible to dislodge the object.
As an aside, there are (at least) two approaches to this issue, imo; and I tend toward a little of both. In our family, our infants put small objects into their mouths and learn very early on how to deal with choking. After the second baby, I recognised the futility of trying to keep small objects away from our babies (by seeing others do it); whereas with the first two I didn't stop them from picking up bits of things and sticking them in, I did stay right there watching, but with the others I have not been spending my days crawling around next to them as infants and have no idea how much stuff they've tasted and swallowed.
I do know that they have had those little one-pice lego pieces and other objects like them in their mouths without incident, and when they've choked, their reflexes and instincts have been fully intact, so I don't worry.
Our eldest did end up with an object stuck in his mouth, but it was too large, not too small. I just maneuvered it out and he learned that things that size and shape can become stuck, so he chose on his own to explore the object without putting it into his mouth again. He licked it and mouthed it, but didn't put it in again.
As for eating, we don't eat most of the 'danger' foods anyway, but I have sliced grapes for our two yr old because he doesn't like biting through 'skin' on anything, but will do so if there is some of the interior of the food exposed already. I do choose carrots for him that are of a size that is unlikely to pop off into his throat when he bites them. He does know what to do when choking, but I do prefer to give him the most comfortable eating experience I can- which goes for our whole family.