One child dies from choking on food every five days in the U.S. (two-thirds are under 1 year of age) and more than 10,000 children are taken to hospital emergency rooms for related injuries every year. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) has issued new guidelines calling on food manufacturers to take steps to decrease the risk of choking. These include:
- Warning labels on foods that pose a high choking risk.
- A recall of food products that pose a significant choking hazard.
- The establishment of a nationwide food-related choking-incident surveillance and reporting system.
- Food manufacturers should design new food and redesign existing food to minimize choking risk.
Keep your kids safe by printing out our age-by-age choking cheat sheet for the fridge.