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:1]

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

Did You Know?!

A 2013 report stated that, from 2001 to 2009, an average of 12,435 children (14 years old or younger) per year were treated in US Emergency Rooms because of food-related choking.[Ref:1]