Tu Bishvat warning for tots

Every year, an average of nine children - mostly infants - choke to death on food or foreign objects.

February 11, 2006 22:29


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Tu Bishvat, which falls on Sunday night and Monday, is a happy holiday of tree planting and eating fruits and nuts, but it can also pose risks to health. Beterem, the National Center for Child Safety and Health, reminded parents, caregivers and kindergarten teachers to keep sticky, hard, small and smooth foods out of the reach of children younger than five. Peanuts, seeds, dried fruits or other foods, especially those that absorb liquids can swell in the trachea and close off the airway. Every year, an average of nine children - mostly infants - choke to death on food or foreign objects.

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