MONDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- The leading group of
pediatricians in the United States is pushing for a redesign of
common foods such as hot dogs and candies, along with new
warning labels placed on food packaging, to help curb sometimes
fatal incidents of child choking.
I know you have probably all seen this story already. If not,
let's all pause and let this sink in...
Okay, now let's continue:
"Any food that has a cylindrical or round shape poses a risk,"
he (Dr. Gary Smith) pointed out. Smith said that hot dogs were
high on the list of foods that could be redesigned -- perhaps
the shape, although he said it would be up to the manufacturers
to figure out the specifics.
I'm not sure how a hot dog could be redesigned, and still be a
hot dog. I am not arguing that we need to protect our kids, but
when The Daughter was very small, we would not give her hot
dogs whole...we always cut them up into little pieces for her.
Maybe we just need to be as careful with hot dogs and little
kids as we are with things like electrical cords, strings from
window blinds, and car seats.
So far there have not been any movements to re-design wires
and strings, we are just expected to take responsibility on our
The article continues:
"Other high-risk foods include...peanuts and nuts, even peanut butter."
Are we going to re-design nuts?
Now, I have a kid. Nobody understands more than me how we
have to love and protect our kids, keep them safe and out of
danger, look out for them, etc. So when I tell you how stupid
this is, don't think I am insensitive.
The point here is, I know the danger, but what are you going to
do? Forbid her from using pencils and forks because of the
danger of stabbing? (You may know from this post that The
Daughter only begrudgingly allows me to use a knife to this day.)
So it's not even just kids that are in danger...even their
so-called protectors need looking out for.
We have to do the best we can and use common sense, as in
everything else in life. Rather than making the manufacturer of
hot dogs take the blame, we need to do this ourselves.
Peace be with you.