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Summer is peak hot dog season. Considering 150 million franks are consumed on the Fourth of July alone,there is a strong chance they will be on the menu over the holiday. 

So, now is “a good reminder time that hot dogs can be serious choking hazards,” said Dr. Tanya Altmann, author of “Baby & Toddler Basics.”

The size, shape and texture of hot dogs make them especially dangerous for young children, so the pediatrician is here to explain everything parents should know before handing a kid a dog.

Other potentially dangerous foods include whole grapes, hard or sticky candy, chunks of meat or cheese and popcorn. 

For the full story, visit USAToday.com/Life/Parenting.

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