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What foods can children choke on?

Common foods that can cause choking in children include:
  • Peanuts
  • Hot dogs
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • White bread
  • Nuts
  • Cheese chunks
  • Whole grapes
  • Hard candy
  • Popcorn
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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Children can choke on anything that is the right size to block their airway. This includes things such as grapes or even hot dogs cut into coin shapes. It is better to cut hot dogs into strips instead, to reduce the chances of children choking.
Some foods can put a child under the age of 5 at a high risk for choking. They include hot dogs, nuts and seeds, chunks of meat or cheese, whole grapes, hard or sticky candy, lollipops, dried fruit, popcorn, chunks of peanut butter, chunks of raw vegetables and chewing gum.

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