Flickr photo by veggiefrogChoking is the leading cause of death and injury among children, especially those under the age of 4.
In 2001, about 17,500 children were treated in emergency rooms for choking; 60 percent of those incidents were caused by food.
Kids under 4 are at the highest risk -- they have small airways and fewer chewing teeth (first molars, which grind food down, don't come in until about 15 months; second molars around 26 months).
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) wants to do something about it.
The AAP says that food should be subject to as much scrutiny as toys, and wants the FDA to require mandatory warning labels on foods that are known choking hazards. It's also asking manufacturers to redesign hot dogs.
- Hot dogs
- Boned chicken
- Fish with bones
- Sunflower seeds
Foods that should not be given to children under 5:
- Raw carrots
- Hard candy
The AAP also provides choking prevention safety tips for parents.
Do you think foods should have warning labels?