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Study: Most Food-Related Choking Cases Involve Kids

5:52 PM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, South Carolina (WLTX)- A new study said more than 60 percent of food-related choking cases involved children under the age of four.

The study by pediatrics was also conducted in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the study, on average more than 12,000 children under age 14 are treated annually in hospital emergency departments for a non-fatal choking involving food.

This is the equivalent of 34 children a day.

Elizabeth Mack a Pediatric Critical Care Doctor at Palmetto Children's Hospital said unfortunately they see a lot of children who choke.

If you decide to give your child one of America's staple foods like the hot dog, you'll have to slice it a certain way. Mack said hot dogs can be dangerous.

"They don't need to be cut in round slices, they need to be cut and actually be quartered so you can take the round slices and then continue to cut them in half," Mack said.

Here's a list of the top ten choking hazards for kids, according to a recent study by pediatrics:

1) Hard Candy 16%

2) Other types of candy 13%

3) Meat 12%

4) Bones 12%

The study also said food isn't the only thing you should worry about.

Toys can be a problem, 31 percent of choking cases involved toys.

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