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Few children do not like sausages. It is one of the favorite foods of the little ones and very easy to cook for their parents. And even easier to eat! It is soft, smooth, and its flavor is delicious. And yet thousands of young children choke to death every year from consuming it. I will tell you how.
One day I was lucky enough to attend a demonstration of first aid taught in a school by members of the Samur (health emergency service in Madrid, Spain). The children were going to learn choking resuscitation techniques. However, they were told something terrifying: in case the choking be it for a circular slice of a sausage, there is not much to do.
One of the biggest choking hazards for children under the age of three is sausage. Rather, the way we cut the sausage. During that demonstration, the emergency team explained to the children the danger of eating a sliced hot dog. The circular diameter of a sausage is a size that perfectly matches that of the windpipe of a child under three years of age. If the little one does not chew it and stays horizontal, plugging the trachea, in addition to preventing the entry of air, it will have a 'suction cup' effect. I mean, it is very difficult to get that piece of circular sausage out. Still, in these cases you should always try the Heimlich method for choking cases.
1. Cut the sausage crosswise, in half, elongated.
2. Now you can cut the elongated parts of the sausage into several pieces.
Choking is the fourth leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of five. It can be for a toy, a household item and of course, for some food. Among the foods that cause choking in children, we think that the most dangerous are nuts and raw vegetables. However, the number one choking food in children under the age of three is ... hot dogs. In the United States, almost 20% of deaths in children (under 10 years of age) from suffocation are caused by a hot dog.
For this reason, pediatricians recommend extreme caution when cutting certain foods and postpone the introduction of foods such as nuts until four or five years. We would be surprised to see how much food we feed our children under three years of age that are potentially dangerous: popcorn, celery, grapes, apple ...
Prevention is the only way to protect our children from a suffocation episode. When it comes to food, there is no other way:
1. Never cut the sausage into 'slices' or circles. Cut it into irregular pieces.
2. Do not give too small hard foods to your child under 3 years old.
3. Don't give him nuts until he is four years old.
4. Choose foods that melt easily in your mouth, such as Maria cookie or stale bread.
5. Do not give your child hard candy until the age of four or 'sticky'.
6. Avoid popcorn and gum for the first three years of life.
In case of choking, the first thing you should do is call 911 and try the heimlich maneuver. Here you have it.
Also known as abdominal compression, the Heimlich maneuver is a first aid procedure to unblock the airway of children and adults choking on an object or food. In this video, there is more detailed explanation about this method:
When children are lovers of sausages from a young age, it is difficult to remove them from their diet. However, it would be good to reduce the amount of consumption, opting better for the whiter sausages because they contain fewer unhealthy ingredients for children. You can also substitute the sausage for homemade hamburgers or even the croquettes, etc. Is that a research conducted by the University of California, revealed that children who eat more than 12 hot dogs a month are at higher risk of childhood leukemia.
The researchers explained that the sausages in hot dogs (hot dogs) contain a large amount of nitrites, a substance that is used to preserve food and keep it fresh. When these nitrites mix with the heterocyclic amines in meat, N-nitroso compounds are formed that are highly carcinogenic. High consumption of hot dogs has even been linked to diseases such as cancer of the bladder, stomach, brain and esophagus.
And since that was not enough, recently, the World Health Organization has put sausages on the list of highly dangerous carcinogens, comparing it with other products as toxic as tobacco or asbestos. His recommendation is to remove it from the diet of children and the family.
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