Health Tip: Choking Hazards for Kids

Avoid giving these foods to young children

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(HealthDay News) -- Choking in young children is frequently caused by food that is not appropriate for a young child, or that has not been properly cut and served.

Foods that are hard and round are most dangerous for youngsters, and should either be carefully cut, or not served to them at all.

Here is a list of foods that are prominent choking hazards for young children, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Hot dogs, or large chunks of other meats.
  • Nuts or seeds.
  • Cubes or chunks of cheese.
  • Whole grapes and raw vegetables.
  • Popcorn.
  • Candy that is hard, sticky or chewy, and chewing gum.
  • Peanut butter.


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