Mag­netic toys pose se­vere health hazard to chil­dren

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE -

The Kuwait As­so­ci­a­tion of Pe­di­atric Sur­geons warned yes­ter­day that high-pow­ered mag­netic toys, pop­u­lar lo­cally amongst chil­dren, have se­vere health haz­ards if swal­lowed as they ob­struct or punc­ture the gas­troin­testi­nal tract. The re­marks were made as the num­ber of cases of in­ges­tion of the toys, which re­quire par­tial in­testi­nal re­moval surgery for the re­moval of the ob­sta­cles, recorded a sig­nif­i­cant rise in re­cent weeks. Sur­geons in Kuwait dealt with four cases in July alone com­pared to only three through­out the whole of 2016.

Due to its dan­gers, the prod­uct has al­ready been banned in the US, Canada and some coun­tries in Europe after the an­nounce­ment of some 7,700 sim­i­lar cases there some of which led to death, added the so­ci­ety. The toys con­tain dozens of small round or cube-shaped neodymium mag­nets which have a mag­netic force around 15 times stronger than the stan­dard mag­net. Un­like other ob­jects, when in­gested, the sheer power of these mag­nets most of­ten rup­tures the in­testines.

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