According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the most common cause of nonfatal choking incidents is food, most commonly nuts, hot dogs, and chunks of fruit or vegetable. Most choking deaths in children age 3 and under are caused by toys and child products.
Every parent instinctively fears the possibility of being faced with a choking child. But what constitutes a choking hazard, and what can you do to protect your child against choking?
Common food choking hazards include:
Follow these safe eating tips from the CDC to protect your child from the hazards of choking on food.
Parents need to:
Children should be taught to:
Parents have to be vigilant about toys and items around the house. Close supervision, savvy, and organization is critical in preventing tragic incidents of choking. Educate yourself with these important tips from the CDC:
These common household choke hazards should never be left within the reach of your child:
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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