Warning: Top Choking Hazard for Kids Could Take Moms By Surprise

hard candyOff the top of your head, what would you guess is the top choking hazard for kids? It's something almost all kids love, something they get loads of around the holidays, something sweet little old ladies can't help slipping them. The top choking hazard for kids is hard candy. According to the Centers for Disease Control, they're the most common culprit in non-fatal choking incidents.

Hot dogs are still dangerous and are more likely to be fatal. But those non-fatal choking incidents are still pretty darn scary. What else is on the list? Do you dare find out?

After hard candy, it's other candy like gum, then meat, bone, and fruits and vegetables. So a quick glance at this list will tell you that if you strike candy off from your kids' lives on account of their being a choking hazard, they may counter with a request to save them from the broccoli and Brussels sprouts as well.

But seriously, what do parents do with this information? How do we prevent kids from choking on, well, everything? The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends you supervise your kids every time they eat anything. Make sure they stay seated and chew slowly and thoroughly. Even candy -- and that's why I suspect candy tops the list.

Kids typically eat candy at parties or while playing. Candy is an informal, non-meal kind of food. Do you really want to be that mom who makes her kid sit down to eat an Everlasting Gobstopper when all her friends are out riding bikes? Well ... maybe you do. I'm starting to understand those paranoid "sit down and eat that lemon ball" parents.

Do you make your kids sit down to eat everything, even candy?


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mamat... mamatreat

I guess I'm wondering which parents this information would surprise? Seems like a no brainer?

onefo... onefootcutiepie

the only surprising thing about this article is that the writer was surprised. 

nonmember avatar leigh08

Um duh. I'm not a parent but this is common sense.

nonmember avatar breylady

Omg what?! Are you serious?! Who would have ever guess that small hard candy would be a choking hazard to kids.

Tendr... TendrelovinMaMa

a child can chock no matter if they are sitting or standing. yes its best not to let them run or jump with something in their mouth. this is pretty much common sense...at least I thought lol. I know thought that freak accidents can happen. like a little boy that came into my work because he had chocked on a grape while sitting on the couch. he had a hypoxic episode and is alive but has permanent brain damage. he was a normal healthy 4 yr old before that. lol love the comment from breylady lol.

Jenni Dyke

My daughter is 2 1/2 and people are forever trying to give her hard candy. I choked a lot when young and still remember the Heimlich maneuver. My daughter has never had hard candy and will not for a while. She is also not allowed soda. That is just stupid to give to a child.

angel... angeleyes16

Both of my kids (age 5 and 2) know that they have to sit at the table when eating anything. That especially includes candy. When dd was a toddler we had a chocking scare. That will be the last one!

Samantha Hendrick

amybody to guess other wise is stupid


jens101 jens101

Well then for god sakes lets ban the hard candy, the hot dogs, also the meat, fruits and vegatable! Or hey how about this? Have some commen sence as a parent!


momof... momof3_2011

My kids are 6,5 and 3 and I still will not allow them to eat a Jawbreaker. 

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