Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Choking Hazards You Eat

Kids can choke on things they are supposed to eat. Just because your child is three years old or older doesn't mean he/she won't choke on things like hot dogs and popcorn. Before my kids eat foods that are known choking hazards, I remind them to chew and not eat too fast. My oldest has even started saying it before I do because I say it so often. Choking just freaks me out. I don't want to do the finger sweeps or heimlick on my kids. I would be terrified! What foods do your kids choke on?

FROM NBC: Toys that could choke children under three come with warning labels. Now pediatricians think food should, too. And topping the list --
hot dogs.

The food loved by so many kids is the perfect size, shape and texture to become lodged in a child's throat.
In a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics -- doctors suggest hot dogs and other foods that pose a choking hazard to young children have a warning label attached.

They also recommend "redesigning" hot dogs so kids aren't as likely to choke on them.
More than 10-thousand kids under age 14 are sent to the emergency room each year after choking on food... about 77 die.

More on this story on USA TODAY

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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