Parents should refrain from preparing lunches containing foods such as hot dogs, peanuts and grapes for toddlers -- who haven't developed molars and the coordination to chew and swallow foods -- to avoid choking, Dr. Pam Okada says. She says that lunches can also pose hazards to older children with food allergies, and suggests each should carry an EpiPen, which holds one dose of epinephrine and can halt a severe allergic reaction.

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