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Health Tip: Prevent Your Children From Choking

Suggestions to reduce their risk

(HealthDay News) -- For small children, even the most seemingly harmless objects can pose a choking threat.

The U.S. National Safety Council offers these suggestions to reduce your youngsters' risk of choking:

  • Never allow a baby or young child to play with a toy that has a cord or string attached.
  • Don't feed your baby foods that could get stuck in the throat, such as bites of hot dogs, hard candy, uncooked vegetables, nuts, raisins, fruits or vegetables with pits, popcorn or grapes.
  • Never allow your child to eat while lying down.
  • Keep anything that can fit in your child's mouth out of reach, including coins, batteries, jewelry, nails or thumbtacks.
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