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Report- More Kids Injured by Powerful Magnets

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Kamilah Howard5 years ago

According to a report by Fox News, more and more children are swallowing powerful magnets and suffering serious, life-threatening injuries.

480 Cases of Magnet Ingestion Reported

  • The new data comes from a 2012 survey done by pediatric gastroenterologists in North America.
  • The survey revealed that there were 480 cases of magnet ingestion in kids during the past 10 years; about 42 percent of these cases occurred during the previous 12 months.
  • The increase in cases is said to be due to the availability of powerful neodymium-iron-boron magnets, which are 10 to 20 times stronger than the old magnets.
  • In the past, children were able to pass traditional magnets without harm; but the new high-powered magnets can attach to each other while passing through the bowel, causing serious injuries.

Injuries from Swallowing Magnets

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), swallowing multiple high-powered magnets can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries including:

  • holes in the stomach and intestines
  • intestinal blockage
  • blood poisoning
  • death
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