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Common foods that may cause choking in small children

Common foods that may cause choking in children under 4 years old.


Some foods are easy for young children to choke on when swallowing because they are the same size and shape as a child’s airway.  For example, peanuts may block the lower airway.  A chunk of hotdog or a whole grape may completely block the upper airway.   In general, you should avoid serving foods that are wide as a nickel, which is about the size of a young child’s throat.  Foods that are likely to cause choking come in many shapes, sizes and textures.  They include foods that are round, tube shaped, small, hard, thick and sticky, smooth, slippery or easily molded to stick to the airway...

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