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Food Is a Common Choking Hazard for Kids, Doctor Says
Date:8/1/2014

getables)
  • Dried fruit
  • Grapes
  • Hard or sticky candy
  • Lollipops
  • Hot dogs
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Seeds, such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds
  • "The good news is that not all high-risk foods should be completely avoided. Many are healthy for young children -- as long as they are served in the right form," Shapiro said.

    Vegetables, for instance, should be cooked and cut into small pieces. Peel grapes and cut them into halves or quarters, and spread peanut butter thinly so chunks of food don't get caught in the windpipe.

    Also, experts recommend that an adult be present when young kids are eating, and children should sit up straight and not run around or play when they're eating.

    If a choking child is unable to breathe, call 911 and perform the Heimlich maneuver. The child should see a doctor even if he or she recovers from choking and appears to be fine.

    More information

    For more about choking prevention in kids, go to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    SOURCE: University of California, Los Angeles Health Sciences, news release, July 29, 2014

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