As reported by The Washington Post, the number of children ingesting rare-earth magnets — often made into desktop toys — has skyrocketed in the last three years. When ingested, these tiny magnets are capable of shredding a child’s intestines as they are often 10 times stronger than ordinary magnets. As The Post notes, “if multiple rare-earth magnets — each the size of a BB pellet — are swallowed, they can pull together inside the intestines, potentially causing life-threatening holes and blockages that most often require emergency surgery.”
U.S. poison control centers have announced they are on track to record six times the incidence of magnet ingestions this year than in 2016, totaling nearly 1,600 cases. The influx of cases follows a 2016 federal court ruling that effectively blocked regulators from banning these products.
Consumers who own or have purchased rare-earth magnets are warned to keep them away from young children or out of the home altogether.
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