Children typically explore the world through their senses. Driven by curiosity and unaware of the dangers, they put objects in their mouths.
A 20-year study period revealed that the annual rate for kids under the age of six taken to emergency rooms for swallowing “foreign bodies” increased by over 90%. Next to coins, they commonly ingest toys. While some cases are minor and result in an early hospital discharge, those involving toys with magnets can lead to severe or life-threatening complications.
To ensure that consumers remain safe, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently recalled high-powered magnetic balls that failed to comply with federal safety standards.
Swallowed magnets can be fatal
In a CPSC announcement, the agency warned of the magnetic balls made from rare-earth metals sold by Xpressgoods. When two or more of these magnets, which are stronger than permitted, attract each other in the child’s stomach, they can cause intestinal perforation or blockage. When not immediately addressed, it can escalate into infections, blood poisoning or even death.
The report estimated 2,400 hospital visits from 2017 to 2021, accounting for seven fatalities. Thus, the agency advised the public, especially parents or guardians, to take immediate action and remove them from children’s reach. Customers who already bought the product can return it and ask for a full refund from the manufacturer.
Advocates also remind parents to be extra vigilant of the toys they purchase for their children. Careful supervision is crucial to prevent harmful consequences. It can also be helpful to sit the kids down to explain why they cannot swallow specific things.
A child’s playtime must be safe, not deadly
Parents buy toys for their kids in hopes that these provide entertainment and valuable developmental opportunities. However, some businesses prioritize profit over safety. As a result, children tend to ingest hazardous items, such as magnets. When this happens, parents may seek justice for their child’s injuries and sue to recover compensation with the help of an Ohio legal team.