(HealthDay News) -- There's a long list of everyday foods that are potential choking hazards for young children, the Nemours Foundation says.
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The foundation offers these suggestions to help prevent choking on food among infants and toddlers:
- Teach your child to sit quietly while eating and to thoroughly chew and swallow food.
- Don't let your youngster play, run or ride in a car with food, gum or candy in the mouth.
- Carefully inspect food labels for information about choking risks.
- Don't feed young children foods that are hard and smooth that could easily get stuck in a windpipe. Examples include foods with nuts, seeds, small pits or popcorn.
- Soft foods that could choke a child should be cut into very small pieces. Examples include raw fruits and vegetables, cheese and hot dogs.
-- Diana Kohnle
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