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Prevent Choking

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(before 2003)

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Choking is the fourth leading cause of death in young children.

Children will put anything in their mouths. Small toys, jewelry, tacks, and coins are just a few. Protect them by keeping small items out of their reach.

Some foods can cause young children to choke. Round, hard foods are especially dangerous to young children.

Ask your doctor if your child is old enough to have foods like hot dogs, nuts, carrots, and grapes. These foods can lodge in a child's throat and be very hard to get out.

There are other safety tips you should keep in mind. Do not let your child run with anything in his or her mouth. Do not let your child lie down while eating. Never leave your baby alone with a propped up bottle.

Being aware of what your child puts in his or her mouth may save his or her life.

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