Pediatrics

Choking in Children: What to Do and How to Prevent

In 2017, approximately 130 children younger than age 15 years died as the result of a choking episode; most of them were younger than age 3 years.1 It is much more problematic to estimate nonfatal choking episodes, as most self-resolve and do not come to medical attention. Those that do come to medical attention are likely to be the most serious. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), through its National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, conducts studies of incidents presenting to emergency departments across the country.2 In 2001, there where an estimated 17,537 children age

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