Choking and suffocation is the third leading cause of home and community death in the United States. Foods are responsible for most choking incidents. But for children, objects such as small toys, coins, nuts or marbles can get caught in their throats. Choking can cause a simple coughing fit or something more serious like a complete block in the airway, which can lead to death.
Although choking can occur in people of all ages, children under the age of three are particularly vulnerable. Older adults also have an increased risk of choking on food.
Many infants and children die each year from choking. These deaths can be prevented if parents and care givers watch their children more closely and keep dangerous toys, foods, and household items out of their reach.
Safety Tips: Tips for Preventing Choking
If you are the parent or care giver of an infant or child under 4 years old, follow these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the chances of choking.
- Insist that your children eat at the table, or at least sitting down. Watch young children while they eat. Encourage them to eat slowly and chew their food well.
- Cut up foods that are firm and round and can get stuck in your child’s airway, such as
- hotdogs -always cut hotdogs length-wise and then into small pieces
- grapes-cut them into quarters
- raw vegetables-cut them into small strips or pieces that are not round
Other foods that can pose a choking hazard include:
- hard or sticky candy, like whole peppermints or caramels
- nuts and seeds (don’t give peanuts to children under age 7)
- spoonfuls of peanut butter
via Preventing Choking Among Infants and Young Children.
We like to think of our “home sweet home” as our haven of safety and security. However, home accidents are responsible for more fatal injuries than any other cause except motor vehicle accidents. Although home accidents are often caused by human error and typically can be prevented, they amount to 18,000 deaths and nearly 13 million injuries a year.
The 5 leading causes of death from home accidents are:
- Suffocation and choking
While children and older adults are most vulnerable to home injuries, everyone can benefit from knowing how to stay safer at home. To learn more click on the link below.
via Preventing the Top 5 Most Fatal Home Accidents.