3 common choking hazards are Candy, Popcorn and Hot Dogs.
For small kids choking hazards can result from anything small that they put in their mouths such as toy cars, coins, buttons etc.
Most choking episodes are simply due to a mistake made during eating — eating too quickly, laughing while eating, taking too big of a bite.
Such mistakes can send chunks of food hurtling down the throat and into the lungs.
Some of the biggest choking hazards for kids are.
Cooked or raw whole corn kernels.
Uncut cherry or grape tomatoes.
Pieces of hard raw vegetables or fruit, such as raw carrots or apples.
Whole pieces of canned fruit.
Uncut grapes, berries, cherries, or melon balls.
Uncooked dried vegetables or fruit, such as raisins.
And the #1 food-related choking hazard for kids… hot dogs!
This favorite summertime food's cylindrical shape poses a great danger when eaten whole as it can completely block a child's airway.
The top choking hazards for babies and toddlers are Balloons, Marbles and other small toys, batteries and buttons.
The most common cause of choking in adults is food, while children are most likely to choke on food or small objects, such as toys or coins.
Cut food into small pieces.
Chew food slowly and thoroughly, especially if wearing dentures.
Don't laugh and talk while chewing and swallowing. Don't drink lots of alcohol before and during meals.