More than 22,500 children visited the ER for magnet ingestion during a 9-year span. The problem is so prevalent that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved new national safety standards for high-powered magnet sets in 2014. In some instances the magnet manufacturer was prompted to recall its products, as SCS Direct did with its Magnet Balls Manipulative Magnet Set in 2013.
The debate about preventable childhood brain injuries focuses heavily on high-contact sports such as football and hockey, but many toddlers and young children are exposed to a common danger on a daily basis: unsecured televisions and furniture.
Last year, a concerned mother took her 3-month-old son to the doctor after he appeared to be ill. He was prescribed antibiotics but his health did not improve. His mother took him back to the doctor after noticing that his leg seemed to be sore.
In what will likely be a welcome move for countless Ohio families, the health officials in the Obama administration are working to implement stricter safety requirements in child-care facilities around the nation. The proposals include background checks for employees and guidelines for more comprehensive safety training.