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Band-Aids Can Be Choking Hazards

Dr. Howard Bennett
Author Dr. Howard Bennett
Submitted 06-11-2007

In most pediatric offices, children get blood counts and lead tests at nine months and two years of age. After the finger poke is done, a lab tech puts a bandage on the child’s finger to stop the bleeding. Young children don’t like finger pokes. Consequently, they often try to pull the bandage off shortly after it’s been applied. What’s worse, they typically do this with their teeth and may choke in the process. In my practice, we deal with this safety hazard by telling parents to wait in the office for five minutes (that’s when the bleeding stops) and to remove the bandage before they put their child in his car seat.

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Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

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