Doctors issue choking warning

‘DIFFICULT BREATHING’: After three children in Kaohsiung went to the hospital while choking on nuts, doctors advised parents to cut these types of foods into small pieces

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 29, 2019
By: Fang Chih-hsien and Dennis Xie  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

After three children in Kaohsiung nearly died, doctors advised that foods such as peanuts, melon

A plate of cooked peanuts are pictured in Kaohsiung yesterday.
Photo: Fang Chih-hsien, Taipei Times

seeds and nuts should be cut into pieces before feeding to children to avoid choking.

Hsu Mei-hsin (徐美欣), a doctor at Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), on Sunday said the hospital has recently treated three children who developed acute respiratory distress because of peanuts stuck in their airways.

All three patients had to undergo surgery to remove the foreign bodies, Hsu said.

PICU director Kuo Hsuan-chang (郭玄章) said that in the first case, a peanut accidentally entered the trachea and obstructed the passageway of a three-year-old, who then had trouble breathing.

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