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How common is choking on food in children?

Nina L. Shapiro, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Choking on food sends more than 10,000 children to emergency rooms each year. While most of these choking events are not fatal, one child dies every five days from an accident related to food choking. Toys are labeled for safety, but if you go to the grocery store and buy baby carrots, which you think are healthy for your toddler, you may not realize they put your child at significant risk for choking.

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