The back-to-school memos are starting to arrive in the email. Along with all the forms come reminders about school rules. Most of these revolve around food, respecting allergies, and ensuring kids have a healthy day.
Some of the rules are a little over the top. While it makes sense that grapes be cut to avoid choking situations, one friend had her son’s whole grain chips sent home because they were deemed “too sharp” by the teacher.
Still, choking hazards for kids and allergy issues are serious, and must be respected as such.
According to a new study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, 112,000 kids went to the emergency room between 2001 and 2009 because of choking incidents. That’s about 34 kids a day.
Choking is listed as one of the leading causes of injury in children, and a leading cause of death in kids under 3. The average age for a child treated for choking is 4.5, and usually a boy. With a 3 and a half year old headed into a full week of Junior Kindergarten this fall, these stats caused me to sit up and pay attention.