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Health Tip: Uninflated Balloons Aren't Safe for Young Children

Health Tip: Uninflated Balloons Aren't Safe for Young Children

11/14/13

(HealthDay News) -- Balloons may appear to be a soothing toy for young children, but experts say uninflated balloons are the leading cause of child suffocation.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers this additional information:

  • Children may accidentally inhale an uninflated balloon and suffocate.
  • Children may also swallow or inhale broken pieces of a popped balloon and suffocate.
  • Children under 8 years old should never play with an uninflated balloon.
  • If a balloon bursts, immediately take all pieces away from a young child.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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