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Foreign object - inhaled or swallowed

  • Alternative Names

    Obstructed airway; Blocked airway

    • Cut food into appropriate sizes for small children, and teach them how to chew well.
    • Discourage talking, laughing, or playing while food is in the mouth.
    • Do not give potentially dangerous foods such as hot dogs, whole grapes, nuts, popcorn, or hard candy to children under age 3.
    • Keep small objects out of the reach of young children.


    Thomas SH, White BA. Foreign bodies. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 57.