Monday, May 15, 2023

Safety Tips for Children's Birthday Parties

Children's birthday parties are fantastic, but they come with a lot of responsibility for the people who are running them. And this is doubled down if there are no other parents present. There are a lot of factors that you'll need to consider when planning a birthday party for children - here are a couple to keep top of mind. 

Choking Hazards

One of the most dangerous things that can happen is small parts and toys - even older children are at risk of choking. In recent years there has been more than one incident involving children choking on grapes due to the shape, size, and texture of the skin. Any venue that has birthday parties will likely have first aid and more but make sure you ask in advance.

It's not just small toys and grapes, though; around 30% of all choking is a result of hard candies and other sweeties. So, check what you are giving out in goodie bags, and ask that no gifts include marbles or hard candies - just so that there is a minimized risk. 


There is only so much a single parent or set of parents can do when faced with 30 children playing. When hiring a venue that is designed for birthday parties, you will likely have some staff on hand to help. If not, be prepared to ask friends or family to help so that you have around one adult to five children. 

It is also a good time to ditch scrolling while the children play, as that is when accidents happen. 


Most parents who have children with allergies will be very vigilant anyway but triple-check with each person who will be attending. This means that you can make sure you have the right foods and drinks - and should have no allergic reactions on your watch. 

It is not difficult to accommodate allergies; just some careful planning will mean no child will be left out. 

It's not just food, though; the choice of the balloon can have an impact too! Almost all children's parties will have balloons; after all, they are bright and a lot of fun! But there is a surprising amount of people who are allergic to latex. 

Not to mention, if the children take to popping balloons, this can be a choking hazard. 

First Aid 

When hiring a venue and staff, there should be at least one of the people there with a first aid certificate. But if there isn't, it is up to you to make sure that you or another adult who is 100% attending can help. 

Packing a first aid kit with band-aids, compresses, and other items is a great idea - because plenty of children get a little cut or a grazed knee while playing. 

Brush up on your first aid technique for choking for babies, toddlers, and children - because they are all slightly different. And any children that have special medical needs - ask the parent to stay to help for both your peace of mind and theirs. 

Looking for more tips? Read on: Planning the Perfect Kids' Birthday Party

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