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Hot Dogs and Choking Hazard

Toddler Bites Hot Dog Cutter Chops Link Into Little Pieces

Who wants a hot dog? Grill masters are shoring up menus for Fourth of July cook outs. Though hot dogs are a tot favorite, the links are responsible for 17 percent of food-related choking incidents because they become wedged in a lil one's airway. Before serving the ballpark treats to kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends chopping them into Cheerio-sized pieces that can easily make their way down a child's throat. The Toddler Bites Hot Dog Cutter ($6) aims to do that with one swift move. The plastic cookie cutter-like device slices frankfurters into half-inch sized pieces with a simple press of the hand. Would you use one to speed up the cutting process?

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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
Eh.. you'd be surprised how many people just hand their toddlers whole hot dogs. If it saves a kids life because someone is too lazy to chop but will use this, then great. It's not the kids fault their parent is an idiot.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Niami - I was going to say the same thing! If parents don't care enough to feed their children something that doesn't consist of carcinogenic processed red meat, like they're really going to care enough to cut them up into small pieces.
Niami Niami 7 years
Seriously? People still feed their kids hot dogs?
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
If I had one laying around, sure I'd use it...but I wouldn't pay a single dollar for it. How lazy have we become?
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
yes i'm fine with a knife for our veggie dogs too....
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Wooow... they have something similar, but it's meant for cutting bananas. And one for butter See a pattern here? Yeah I'll stick with the knife too, thanks.
girlshop75 girlshop75 7 years
hmmm...I think I'll just stick to an old fashioned knife and fork! Who has room in their house for another "uni-tasking" gadget???
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
I think it is very smart actually. Cutting hot dogs can be very annoying, especially at a BBQ when you have to find a place to put the plate down so you can cut everything. I would use this for lots of other food items, like cheese, etc.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
Whoever invented this will probably make a fortune, but seeing as I only have one child, I don't find the task of cutting up a hot dog to be too daunting :)
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