A day care center should be a safe haven for children. It is important that the day care center management and workers are mindful of safety measures for the children enrolled in the program. Infants and toddlers are at risk for choking from every day items at a day care center. It is well known or should be well known to the day care center workers that small children lack safety awareness. In particular, a child will put an object in his or her mouth without thinking or understanding the consequences of such a simple act. Whether it is a coin, button, small toy piece, bottle cap, or other item, a moment of inattention on the part of a day care center worker can lead to significant personal injuries and even the death of a child.
On the checklist for any size day care center, the staff should monitor all areas accessible by the children as to choking hazards. Any and all choking hazards should be kept out of the reach of the children. In addition, there should be constant monitoring if by chance a child some how – some way manages to swallow a small object that can block the airway or cause internal damages / injuries.
It was recently reported that a 10 month old child enrolled in a North Carolina day care center choked on a piece of a pine cone. The incident was reported to take place at or near the A Hug A Day Daycare Center located in Raleigh, North Carolina. See 10 Month Old Dies at North Carolina Day Care Center Atter Choking on a Pine Cone.