Child choking related incidents rise Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 | (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The number of food-related choking incidents in children continues to climb. A study in the Journal of Pediatrics shows an average of 34 children a day are taken to the emergency room for choking incidents. Children under age four experienced the highest rate of choking. The study revealed the biggest culprit was hard candy. Foods like hot dogs, nuts and seeds were more likely to land a child in the hospital.