Children are Suffering Severe Injuries from Swallowing Magnets

By Peter DePaolis

Every household has them, whether in toys or on the refrigerator. They are magnets and they are hazardous to children, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In addition to being a choking hazard, once inside the stomach, the magnets can cause internal damage.

If a child swallows two or more magnets, they can cause small holes in the stomach and intestines. In addition, magnets can cause blood poisoning, intestinal blockage, and death, according to the CPSC. Since 2009, reports involving incidents with magnets and children have increased. So far in 2011, the CPSC has received 22 reports of incidents involving children ranging in age 18-months to 15-years.

The incidents involve magnets found in desk toys sold in office supply stores, gift shops, stationery stores, and on the Internet. Smaller children can find the magnets on a table, refrigerator, sofa, or on the floor. A spokesperson for the CPSC said that doctors and emergency rooms should know how to treat children who accidentally and unintentionally swallow magnets.

Common household magnets can be dangerous products. Are refrigerator magnets in your house out of reach of any children in the house? Call our office today for more information.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Approved by attorney David Schloss

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.