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How to Prevent Children From Choking

Choking is a real fear every parent faces. When your little one starts to put pieces of food in their mouth you need to be aware of the dangers those certain foods can pose. In fact, choking injuries send 34 children a day to emergency departments.

Here’s what you need to know when it comes to preparing foods that could be a danger. Taking these very small steps could prevent injury.

For more information, check out our choking prevention resources from the Center for Injury Research and Policy or connect with one of our experts.

Tracy Mehan, MA
Tracy Mehan is the manager of translational research for the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In this role, she takes injury prevention research out of the journals and into the community. As the mother of a very active 12-year-old boy and an aunt to 21 nieces and nephews, she frequently gets to see firsthand the need for various injury prevention measures. When she isn’t out trying to save the world, you can find her on the basketball court with her son, with her nose in her kindle, or exploring websites on pirate trivia.

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