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What foods should young children avoid to prevent choking?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends young children:
  • Not eat smooth foods such as raw vegetables (which they may not be able to chew or grind with their teeth) or peanuts until they are 7 or older.
  • Not eat round, firm foods such as hot dogs and carrot sticks unless they are chopped into small pieces no larger than ½ inch
  • Avoid hard, gooey or sticky candy; grapes; popcorn; chewing gum; and vitamins.

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