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


-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.




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