I love science. Especially science that can readily be applied to your life. This morning someone on one the listservs I'm on sent out a link to an article based on a study of the most common foods children choke on.
I particularly like #5 and #10 for their impressive specificity.
Here's the list of foods culled from the study that cause the most choking incidents:
1. Hard candy
2. Other candy
3. Meat other than hot dogs
5. Fruits and vegetables
6. Formula/breast milk/milk
10. Multiple specified foods
11. Hot dogs
#6 is a good one too.
As a whole, I would say that the public health message that I take away from this list is: You can protect your children from choking by killing them at birth.