August 27, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter
The number of food-related injuries in the US caused by children choking on food is on the rise, prompting better guidelines on the prevention of choking. A new study shows just how common the risk is: On average, 12,435 children under age 14 are treated annually in hospital emergency departments for a non-fatal choking involving food — the equivalent of 34 children a day.
- The following are examples of unsafe foods for toddlers.
-Hot dogs (unless cut in quarters lengthwise before being sliced)
-Hard candies, including jelly beans
-Chunks of peanut butter (Peanut butter may be spread thinly on bread or a cracker—but never give chunks of peanut butter to a toddler.)
-Raw carrots, celery, green beans
-Seeds (such as processed pumpkin or sunflower seeds)
-Whole grapes, cherry tomatoes (Cut them in quarters.)
-Large chunks of any food such as meat, potatoes, or raw vegetables and fruits.