Choking Campaign

Choking Hazards Campaign

 Choking Hazards - - child photo


Choking is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children, especially those ages 3 years or younger. The risk of choking remains significant until the age of 5. The most common items that children choke on are food, coins, balloons and other toys. This is because children put objects in their mouths as they explore their new environments. The Academy has partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to educate our members and the public on choking prevention in young children. Please check out the following resources for more information.

Fact Sheets

Choking Prevention

Reduced Choking Risks Tips

Policy Statement

AAP Policy Statement - Prevention of Choking Among Children

Press Release

Physician Groups Ask Parents and Caregivers to Help Share Information About Choking Prevention in Children

Newsletter Articles

Preventing Choking in Children: Many Factors Increase Risk of Mechanical Airway Obstructions
Due To Inhalation of Ingestion of Foreign Bodies

Reduce Deadly Choking Risks in Children

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Healthy Children Website

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed a website for parents with up-to-the-minute pediatric health information for you and your family.

For more information, please visit

Audio Interview

Choking Hazards (Lithium Battery Ingestion) Interview (.mp3)
Authors: Wendy Stern, MD, Media & PR Committee Chair and Scott Schoem, MD of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Text: Update on Choking Hazards and Lithium Battery Ingestion