Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inhaled Foreign Body Underlying Cause

Adults usually inhale food, pills or chewing gum. Children under five years old can choke on almost any object small enough to get into their airway.

Common objects inhaled by children include:

  • Beans from bean-bag chairs
  • Cars with small rubber wheels that come off
  • Chewing gum
  • Coins
  • Grapes
  • Hard or sticky candy
  • Hot dogs
  • Latex balloons
  • Marbles
  • Nuts and seeds:
    • Do not give peanuts to children under age 7
  • Pen or marker caps
  • Popcorn
  • Small balls
  • Spoonfuls of peanut butter
  • Small batteries

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