Hard Candies

Foreign Body

Jawbreakers and other hard, round candies (such as bon-bons, cough drops and spherical lollipops) can be lethal if inhaled (between or below the vocal cords); or if swallowed (by compressing the airway from behind). Flat lollipops are safer.

In the United States, hard candies are one of the leading causes of choking.[Ref:375]

Soft chewing gum can also be a choking hard, but is less likely to be lethal.

Did You Know?!

In the European Union each year, approximately 20 children (14 years or younger) die from choking on a toy.[Ref:1476]