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AAO-HNS Issues a Statement Reminding Parents and Caregivers of Choking Risks Associated with Young Children and Nuts

February 24, 2015 - 1:24pm

ALEXANDRIA, VA — In response to peanut allergies and children being in the news this week, the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery is cautioning parents and caregivers about choking risks especially posed to young children and infants by peanuts, tree nuts, and nut fragments.

“We want to remind parents and caregivers that whole nuts or nut fragments pose choking risks to young children and infants,” said James C. Denneny III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Academy. “We also caution that anyone with known allergies and parents or caregivers of children with known allergies should not attempt to treat the allergies at home, but rather should seek medical care.”

About the AAO-HNS
The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents about 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The organization's vision: "Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care."

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