Prevent a Child from Choking Alert
Putting things in their mouths is one of the ways that babies and small children explore the world. Anything that fits in their mouths can be a clear and present danger. Choking is usually caused by food, toys, coins and other small objects that can easily lodge in a child's small airway.
At a time when the hospital emergency rooms around the country are overwhelmed with patients and waits lasting hours are not unusual, this is no time to bring a choking child to an emergency room. To help prevent a child from choking, please read Choking in children, and visit Focus On First Aid.
Physical and developmental factors put children at risk for choking. Children who choke run the risk of death, permanent brain damage caused by lack of oxygen, or other complications associated with airway blockage. In 2001, thousands of children were treated in U.S. emergency departments for nonfatal choking episodes.
Injury Prevention Tips for Parents and Children
Every child is at risk of choking. To reduce this risk, parents and caregivers can;
Last Editorial Review: 10/25/2002
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