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Choking, the scary truth.

“If you were to design the perfect plug for a child’s airway, you couldn’t do much better than a hot dog,” said Dr. Smith, also a Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “It will wedge itself in tightly and completely block the airway, causing the child to die within minutes because of lack of oxygen.”

Choking is scary. The best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones is to get CPR certified through Heart Corp. Be Prepared!

Here are some helpful tips to reduce the risk of choking:

*Do not give children younger than 4 any round, firm foods unless they have been cut into very small pieces. Cut hot dogs lengthwise and cut grapes into quarters. This changes the dangerous round shape that can block a young child’s throat.

* not give toddlers other high risk foods, such as hard candy, nuts, seeds and raw carrots.

*Never let small children run, play or lie down while eating.

*Keep coins and other small items out of reach of young children at all times.

*Carefully read warning labels on toys before giving them to young children.

*To check if a part of a toy is too small, use a small parts test device, which is available at many toy stores.

*Additionally, parents and caregivers should learn first aid for choking and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event a choking episode occurs.

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