Parents and caregivers are advised to be careful when letting children handle products with small magnets which can be life threatening when accidentally swallowed.
Small, strong magnets are also increasingly being used in novelty items. Young children may mistake these colourful magnets for candy and swallow them. Children may also be attracted to fridge magnets that are made to look like food.
The danger arises when more than one magnet is swallowed over a short period of time. The magnets may get attracted to each other while travelling through the body and can damage intestinal walls as well as cause infection, blood poisoning and even death. When magnets are swallowed, emergency surgery is usually required.
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