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Doctor Warns of Choking Risk to Toddlers

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Toddlers are at risk for choking incidents in homes and day care centers. Due to this real danger, parents, babysitters, teachers, day care providers, and child care workers should take precautions to remove items from the reach of children that may lead to a choking incident. Parents and caregivers should be super diligent in monitoring what a child eats, what is within reach of a child, and what toys are available and appropriate for a child. It is estimated that approximately 2.5 million children in the United States experience some type of choking episode or incident every year after consuming or swallowing a foreign object. Of these, medical researchers estimate that 2,000 deaths result every year. This is a staggering number considering that many such incidents are avoidable with proper supervision, consistency, and some common sense. One suggestion from medical experts is to do a “Toilet Paper Tube Test.” If an item can fit through a toilet paper tube, it is too small to be left within the reach of a child. Safety precautions and solid supervision can help prevent many choking incidents from taking place. This would certainly reduce the number of associated choking personal injuries to children. You can read more at Doctors Warn of Choking Hazards to Children.