My toddler loves hot dogs. Is this a problem?
Although hot dogs are an option in the meat/poultry food group, they tend to be higher in fat, saturated fat, and sodium than other offerings in this group. Even though toddlers need fat and saturated fat in their diets, most hot dogs should be only an occasional food. Offer lean meats or poultry or mashed beans and peas to meet your toddler’s meat servings on a daily basis.
If your child does eat a hot dog, take care: A hot dog’s size and shape poses an increased risk of lodging in a child's windpipe and obstructing breathing. To prevent this cut hot dogs into quarters lengthwise and then into bite-size slices. This creates smaller-diameter pieces, making it less likely your child will choke.
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