Safety First! Unsafe Foods and Choking Hazards

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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

-Nuts

-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.)

-Popcorn

-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.

 

Source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov

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Authors

Dr. Wali Gauvin

Kendra Fink RD CPT

Jessica Griffin: Intern

Julianna Yi: Intern

Marielle Mangano: Intern

Jackie Page: Intern

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