Candy is No. 1 Culprit in Serious Choking Incidents Among Kids

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(L.A. Times)

Every day, 34 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for choking on food, and the food they’re most likely to be choking on is candy, according to a new study.

Hard candy accounted for 15.5 percent of the nonfatal choking incidents documented in a report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, making it the food item most frequently cited. No. 2 was “other candy,” which caused an additional 12.8 percent of choking incidents requiring serious medical attention.

By the time kids were 4 years old, a whopping 55.2 percent of choking incidents involved some kind of candy.  Among cases that reported where choking incidents happened, 90 percent occurred at home, the study found.

Only 2.6 percent of the nonfatal choking incidents involved hot dogs.  However, the researchers noted that hot dogs frequently appear on lists of foods most likely to be involved in choking cases that result in death.

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