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Safe feeding practices for infants and young children.
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PMID:  8844539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To review local and overseas experience of food asphyxia in children and to examine aspects of safe childhood eating practices. METHODOLOGY: Inpatient separation information data for childhood hospital admissions in South Australia were searched for episodes of food-induced airway obstruction and case records of the Department of Histopathology at the Women's and Children's Hospital were searched for cases of fatal food asphxia. RESULTS: While other forms of injury to young children appear to be declining in numbers, episodes caused by choking on food have remained relatively constant. The increase in average length of hospital stay (from 2.8 days in 1989-90 to 5.2 days in 1993-94) also suggests that the episodes have been more severe. Two fatal cases were also found. CONCLUSIONS: Choking due to food inhalation is a problem with potentially fatal consequences. Young children are particularly at risk as they have immature dentition and control of swallowing, and lack experience of food. Although young children should avoid potentially dangerous foods such as raw carrot sticks and raw apples, certain currently available information packages for parents recommend these foods.
R W Byard; V Gallard; A Johnson; J Barbour; B Bonython-Wright; D Bonython-Wright
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of paediatrics and child health     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1034-4810     ISO Abbreviation:  J Paediatr Child Health     Publication Date:  1996 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-19     Completed Date:  1996-12-19     Revised Date:  2007-09-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005421     Medline TA:  J Paediatr Child Health     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  327-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, University of Adelaide, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Airway Obstruction / etiology*,  prevention & control*
Child, Preschool
Feeding Behavior
Hospital Mortality
Hospitalization* / statistics & numerical data
Infant Care / methods*
Infant Food / adverse effects*
Infant, Newborn
Length of Stay
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
South Australia

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