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