child should see a doctor even if he or she recovers from choking and appears to be fine.
Also, experts recommend that an adult be present when young kids are eating, and children should sit up straight and not run around or play when they're eating.
Such was the case for 15 month old Landon Jones who started to wheeze and cough after eating a handful of nuts.
what might appear to be pneumonia. At first, it is not always clear that the child has had a choking incident," she said.
the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a university news release.
Cheese sticks Chewing gum Chunks of food (meat, cheese, peanut butter, raw vegetables) Dried fruit Grapes Hard or sticky candy Lollipops Hot dogs Nuts Popcorn Seeds, such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds "The good news is that not all high risk foods should be completely avoided. Many are healthy for young children as long as they are served in the right form," Shapiro said.
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Parents should be especially careful about these foods for kids under 5 years:
Vegetables, for instance, should be cooked and cut into small pieces. Peel grapes and cut them into halves or quarters, and spread peanut butter thinly so chunks of food don't get caught in the windpipe.
Food Is a Common Choking Hazard for Kids
"Young children have underdeveloped swallowing mechanisms, immature teeth and narrow airways which put them at a higher risk for choking on food," said Shapiro, director of pediatric ear, nose and throat at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. "Plus, the diameter of a child's airway is about the size of their pinky, so high risk foods can easily block their tiny airways and prevent their ability to breathe."
Researchers estimate that emergency rooms treat more than 10,000 kids a year for food choking incidents. It is estimated that one child dies every five days due to such incidents, they added.
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