Choking is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children, especially those ages 3 years or younger. The risk of choking remains significant until the age of 5. The most common items that children choke on are food, coins, balloons and other toys. This is because children put objects in their mouths as they explore their new environments. The Academy has partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to educate our members and the public on choking prevention in young children. Please check out the following resources for more information.
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Healthy Children Website
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed a website for parents with up-to-the-minute pediatric health information for you and your family.
For more information, please visit http://www.healthychildren.org/English/Pages/default.aspx.
Choking Hazards (Lithium Battery Ingestion) Interview (.mp3)
Authors: Wendy Stern, MD, Media & PR Committee Chair and Scott Schoem, MD of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).