Information About Ingestion of Neomydium Magnets
Pediatric ingestion of high-powered, rare earth magnets (or neodymium magnets) is a serious health problem. Neodymium magnets are extremely powerful magnets that can attract each other from a significant distance. The culprit of a growing trend of magnet ingestions are small high-powered 5mm magnets sold in packages of 100 or more. These magnets sets and are commonly marketed as “adult desk toys.”
GI Kids and NASPGHAN have called for a ban on the sale of high-powered magnet sets because there is compelling evidence that the use of warning labels in their marketing and packaging have not been effective in preventing the ingestion of these magnets by infants, children and teenagers.