June 8, 2012 — A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics is warning about the risk of severe injury and death caused by magnet toys. Magnet toys typically consist of small ball-bearing magnets that can be formed into shapes and patterns. Popular brands of the toys include Nanospheres, Buckyballs, Zen Magnets, and Magnet Balls. Unfortunately, the toys could be deadly for children if they are swallowed.
If a child swallows at least one of the magnets, there is a risk that they could attach to one another across an intestinal wall. This could cause severe internal organ damage, intestinal blockage, or perforation of the intestines. Surgery is usually the only option for removing the magnet toys.
Since 2008, there have been at least 200 reports of children swallowing magnets, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). Many of these cases required surgery, and one 20 month-old child died after swallowing the magnets. Several teenagers have accidentally swallowed the magnets while trying to simulate tongue or lip piercings.
The magnet toys already have a label that warns they should only be used by adults. Even so, many adults may not be fully aware of the life-threatening risk these toys could pose to a small child.
One magnet toy, Magnetix magnetic building toys, was recalled in 2006 and in 2007. The magnetic pieces of the building blocks could become separated, presenting a hazard for children. The toys caused at least 27 children to suffer intestinal injuries. At least one child died.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is warning parents about the life-threatening dangers of magnet toys, and warning to keep them away from children and teenagers. Furthermore, parents should regularly check toys for dislodged magnets, warn teenagers not to put magnets in their mouth, and seek emergency medical attention any time you suspect that a child has swallowed a magnet.
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