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

February 8, 2019 - 10:03am

ALEXANDRIA, VA — In response to peanut allergies and children being in the news, 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/F

The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) represents approximately 12,000 specialists worldwide who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning.

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