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Choking injuries and food products containing inedibles: a survey on mothers’ perception in the United Kingdom

By R Testa, B Morra, D Connal, D Lingua, GC Passali and D Passali


Although recent investigations showed no specific hazard resulting from Food Products Containing Inedibles as compared to the wider category of toys, in view of recent findings and subsequent study of the European Registry of Foreign Bodies Injuries, a potential threat has been identified in a lack of parental supervision in the event of injury. Indeed, according to the report of the European Registry of Foreign Bodies Injuries, almost 80% of the injuries occur under parental supervision, which is obviously inadequate. The aim of this short contribution is to present the results of a Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing survey in the UK focused on the knowledge that mothers, fathers and other adults have on the issue of choking. A total of 1946 interviews have been conducted in the UK, in January 2001, all of which directed to subjects over 15 years of age. Data are presented as percentages and absolute numbers. The statistical significance of group differences has been evaluated with the chi-square test with continuity correction. All analyses have been performed using the R system. Those replying to the interview comprised 804 males and 1102 females. Of these, 10% had a child between 0 and 36 months, 9% between 3 and 4 years, 16% between 5-10 years and 13% between 11-15 years. Of those responding, 7% had bought Kinder Surprise within the last two weeks before the interview, 14% within the last three months, and the remaining 53% before, while 26% had never bought Kinder Surprise. These findings would appear to offer a confirmation that mothers tend to balance potential risks with the benefits of exposing the child to a stimulating activity. This mechanism of a controlled exposure to risk, has already been identified as one of the important mechanisms in the psychological development of the child

Topics: Pediatrics
Publisher: Pacini Editore SpA
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