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Monday, July 29, 2013

Doctors: Increased Incidents of Food Choking in Children

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Approximately 34 children are rushed to the nation's emergency rooms every day in America, yet researchers say the problem is largely dismissed.

A new study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Ohio's Nationwide Children's Hospital found that between 2001 and 2009, about 12,400 children, with an average age of 4.5 years-old, were treated in emergency departments for choking. Children between the ages of newborn and 4-years-old accounted for 62 percent of the episodes. In 2011, the incidents involving children increased to more than 17,500.

The study, out this morning, is the first national representative of the problem.

"We think much more attention needs to be paid to food choking," said author Dr. Gary Smith, pointing to choking safeguards used for toys adding that the same strategies could help reduce childhood food choking.

Common choking incidents involved candy and meat. The new study appears this morning in the journal Pediatrics.

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