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Details emerge in toddler's tragic choking death


Jan. 18, 2020

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (CBS46) -- The 2-year-old was having her afternoon snack at Primrose School at Sandy Springs North when she began to choke.
Daycare staff quickly sprang into the action to clear the child's passageway. Little Caroline, who has special needs was not breathing when first responders arrived; she was on the ground, not responsive and had a blue-gray color.
She was rushed to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries December 16th.
According to the incident obtained by CBS46, staff members gave her cheese sticks and juice before she started choking.
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (CBS46) – Two-year-old Caroline Thome would have turned three last Sunday…
The American Academy of Pediatrics says choking can be prevented. They identified “mechanical airway obstruction” as the leading cause of unintentional death for children younger than one, and the fourth deadliest for children ages 1 to 9 (surpassed by motor-vehicle deaths, drowning and fire/burns).
They also say it's best to keep the following foods away from children younger than 4 years:
Hot dogs
Nuts and seeds
Chunks of meat or cheese
Whole grapes
Hard or sticky candy
Chunks of peanut butter
Chunks of raw vegetables
Chewing gum
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