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New Study Finds Increase in Nonfatal Food-Related Choking

(From the September 2013 Issue of MedStat)

Choking is a leading cause of injury among children, especially for children 4 years of age and younger. A new study by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s and colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined nonfatal food-related choking among children 14 years of age or younger from 2001 through 2009. During the nine-year study period, more than 12,000 children were treated each year in emergency departments for injuries from choking on food, which equals 34 children each day. According to the study, published in the July online issue of Pediatrics, hard candy caused the most choking episodes followed by other candy, meat, other than hot dogs, and bones.

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