Remember THIS the next time grandma reaches into that little dish to give your kids some hard candy . . .
According to a new study from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, 112,000 kids in the U.S. went to the emergency room between 2001 and 2009 because of CHOKING incidents. That's about 34 kids a day.
In three out of five cases where kids were hospitalized for choking, it's because they choked on FOOD. And about 57 kids under 14 DIE in the U.S. every year from choking on food. Here are the ten foods your kids are most likely to choke on.
1. Hard candy, which accounts for about 15% of all choking accidents in kids.
2. Other types of candy and gum, 12.8%
3. Meat, not including hot dogs, 12.2%
4. Bone, 12%
5. Fruits and vegetables, 9.7%
6. Formula, milk, or breast milk, 6.7% . . . and obviously that's mostly BABIES.
7. Seeds, nuts, or shells, 6.5%
8. Chips, pretzels, or popcorn, 4.6%
9. Cookies, crackers, or biscuits, 3.1%
10. Hot dogs, 2.6%