Children love to play with balloons and balloons are very common on birthday and on other festive parties involving children.
But latex balloons are associated with choking and suffocation hazard and can be dangerous for children under 8 years old to play with. Balloons cause more choking deaths in children than any other non-food related product.
Never give balloons to children younger than 8 years old. A child who is blowing up or chewing on balloon can choke by inhaling the balloon.
Children under the age of 4 are especially exposed to choking injuries because they put things in their mouths. Children unde 4 years have narrow windpipes that easily can get blocked by a defleted balloon or of a piece of a balloon.
Balloons cause more choking deaths in children than any other non-food related product.
The fragments from a popped balloon are a choking hazard if the child chew or suck the rubber into their mouths to make bubbles.