Back in 2012 I wrote a post entitled “A Preventable Tragedy: Choking to Death in the School Cafeteria.” I was inspired to cover this topic after reading about a Brooklyn nine-year-old who tragically choked to death while eating meatballs in his school cafeteria. Media reports indicated that the lunchroom workers on duty at the time were completely unprepared for a choking emergency and that the child’s death could have been prevented with proper staff vigilance and training.
Sadly, in the two years since I wrote that post, Lunch Tray readers continue to share in the comments section their own stories of deaths in their family (or near-deaths) due to choking. That’s why I wanted to share with you an article written yesterday by Jane Brody of the New York Times called “Keeping Little Breaths Flowing.”
Brody lays out the most common causes of choking in children and, more importantly, gives readers clear instructions on how to handle a choking incident in the crucial minutes before emergency personnel can get to the scene. Please take a look at it, and please consider sharing it on social media, too.
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