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Don't give your baby popcorn. With its sharp edges and kernel flakes, popcorn is one of those foods that can even get caught in an adult's throat, causing gagging and choking.
"I'd say 4 years is the youngest age when you can let a child eat popcorn," says Susan Moores, a registered dietitian in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Until then, your child doesn't have the ability to grind food down into pieces small enough to prevent choking.
When you do give your child popcorn, let him eat only the fluffy stuff. Unpopped and half-popped kernels can get caught in your child's throat and block his airway.