Choking & Strangulation Safety
Did You Know…
- Airway obstruction is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children younger than 1 year of age.
- Among toddler aged children treated in emergency rooms for choking incidents, almost 60% were food-related, 13% involved swallowing coins or batteries and 19% involved candy or gum.
- In 2019, more than 1,800 kids under age 6, swallowed button batteries.
- One child, every 3 hours in the US, is treated in emergency rooms after swallowing a button battery.
- Lithium, button batteries are commonly used in remote controls, toys, musical greeting cards, calculators and watches.
Top Safety Tips
- Cut food for toddlers into tiny pieces.
- Children under 5, should not eat small, round or hard foods, including pieces of hot dog, cheese sticks or chunks, hard candy, nuts, grapes, marshmallows or popcorn.
- Consider your child’s age when purchasing a toy or game and check to make sure there aren’t any small parts or other potential choking hazards.
- Keep small magnets away from children.
- Keep cords and strings, including those attached to window blinds, out of your child’s reach.
- Keep button, lithium batteries out of sight and reach of children.
- Share this life-saving information with caregivers, friends, family members and sitters. It only takes a minute and it could save a life.
- Check homes for small objects children can choke on.
This page was last modified on 11/29/2021