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Gingersnap
02-23-2010, 02:32 PM
Pediatricians call for a choke-proof hot dog

Most non-fatal choking episodes involve food, according to a study of 17,537 children ages 14 and younger.

By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY

Nutritionists have long warned of the perils of hot dogs: fat, sodium and preservatives to name a few.
Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics wants foods like hot dogs to come with a warning label not because of their nutritional risks but because they pose a choking hazard to babies and children.

Better yet, the academy would like to see foods such as hot dogs "redesigned" so their size, shape and texture make them less likely to lodge in a youngster's throat. More than 10,000 children under 14 go to the emergency room each year after choking on food, and up to 77 die, says the new policy statement, published online today in Pediatrics. About 17% of food-related asphyxiations are caused by hot dogs.

"If you were to take the best engineers in the world and try to design the perfect plug for a child's airway, it would be a hot dog," says statement author Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "I'm a pediatric emergency doctor, and to try to get them out once they're wedged in, it's almost impossible."

The Consumer Product Safety Commission requires labels on toys with small parts alerting people not to give them to kids under 3. Yet there are no required warnings on food, though more than half of non-fatal choking episodes involve food, Smith says.

"No parents can watch all of their kids 100% of the time," Smith says. "The best way to protect kids is to design these risks out of existence."

Though Smith says he doesn't know exactly how someone would redesign a hot dog, he's certain that some savvy inventor will find a way.

I thought everybody knew about the hotdog/grape death potential for little kids. I know this and I don't even have kids.

USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-02-22-1Achoke22_ST_N.htm)

PoliCon
02-23-2010, 02:34 PM
I thought everybody knew about the hotdog/grape death potential for little kids. I know this and I don't even have kids.

USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-02-22-1Achoke22_ST_N.htm)

I've been discussing this with a friend on FB. And I will point out here like I did there: ANY FOOD IS A CHOKING HAZARD! :mad:

bijou
02-23-2010, 02:39 PM
Pediatricians soon to be informed of existence of knives, can be used for cutting food into small pieces. :rolleyes:

Gingersnap
02-23-2010, 02:47 PM
Pediatricians soon to be informed of existence of knives, can be used for cutting food into small pieces. :rolleyes:

Or teeth. I bit the inside of my own mouth more than once as a kid. I could have bled out or something. :eek:

PoliCon
02-23-2010, 02:56 PM
Or teeth. I bit the inside of my own mouth more than once as a kid. I could have bled out or something. :eek:

:eek: *gasp* :eek:

patriot45
02-23-2010, 03:25 PM
Well I guess its time for the nanny state to implement the ABC food! Mmmmmm!:D

bijou
02-23-2010, 03:30 PM
Well I guess its time for the nanny state to implement the ABC food! Mmmmmm!:D

They want you all to eat Nutraloaf (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutraloaf) to prevent accidents.

patriot45
02-23-2010, 03:35 PM
They want you all to eat Nutraloaf (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutraloaf) to prevent accidents.

Yay! sauteed nutraloaf with escargoats!

Back to the OP, when I was a kid we used to scarf down food in record times, I can't tell you how many times I thought I was gonna die when a large unchewed piece of sandwich or something just didn't wanna go down right away!

lacarnut
02-23-2010, 04:31 PM
I would like to CHOKE the dumb ass that got up the bright idea of funding this study.

Rockntractor
02-23-2010, 05:02 PM
Next thing you know men will have a warning label tattooed on them!

Bubba Dawg
02-23-2010, 07:57 PM
Take a knife and split the wiener lengthwise down the middle about 3/4 of the way through, butterfly it you might say. Then fry or grill both the split side and the un-split side and put it on the bun.

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh87/Bubbadawg/8244-1.jpg




People too stupid to do this shouldn't be allowed to breed.