Mini Magnets

Foreign Body

Mini magnets are usually swallowed (and thus they actually are not a true “choking” hazard). The problem is that if two or more mini-magnets are swallowed, they can make loops of intestine “stick” together, choking off the blood supply to the intestinal walls between the magnets, creating holes and a serious abdominal infection. This can also happen if only one mini magnet plus another piece of metal is swallowed.

Did You Know?!

In Europe, one in 5 childhood choking injuries involve industrial products, such as plastic and metal parts, coins, and toys.[Ref:1476]