Did you know that choking is a leading cause of injury among children, some of which are very serious, especially among children below 4 years of age? This is according to researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. According to the results of their study:
During the nine-year study period, more than 12,000 children were treated each year in U.S. emergency departments for injuries from choking on food, which equals 34 children each day.
The researchers found that:
Kids under age 4 accounted for 62% of all non-fatal food-related chokings; kids under age 1 accounted for 38%.
In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a more serious statistic on the dangers of food choking, which parents should be aware of:
On average, a child will die every 5 days in the United States from choking on food.
So now we know why our parents have taught us since we were little kids to always eat slowly and to chew our food properly. Aside from the fact that it’s good manners, it’s a safety precaution as well.
Unfortunately, some of the most common food items that children love to eat are choking hazards. You can go to the next page to see the top 7 list of food items that are choking hazards to your child.