UCLA EatSAFE: A National Problem

Dr. Nina Shapiro

We all know which toys are safe or unsafe for young children because they are appropriately labeled by law. Unfortunately, foods that are unsafe for children have no warning labels and can lead to choking.

Over 10,000 children visit emergency rooms each year for food choking events.

Every time I see a child who has choked on a piece of food, his or her parent, with a look of terror in their eyes, says the same thing:

"If I had only known it wasn't safe, I would have never let my child eat it."

UCLA EatSAFE is committed to stopping these preventable emergencies from happening to our children through education.

A Call to Action:

One child dies every five days in this country from choking on food.

Shockingly, choking is the fourth leading cause of accidental death in children under age five years.

If we can provide public education to parents, caregivers, and teachers regarding high-risk foods, we can raise awareness to prevent such devastating events.

You can help provide information on how to identify choking hazards for our children.

Join our #EatSAFE Team! Please help spread the word and connect with us at #EatSAFE!

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