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Balloons are Dangerous to Small Children

Did you know that balloons are one of the leading causes of child death by suffocation?

Generally speaking, a completely inflated balloon is no danger. But uninflated balloons or pieces of a broken balloon pose a potential hazard, for your child could swallow or suck them into her throat. The danger with uninflated balloons arises when a child is trying to blow one up. As he inhales to prepare for the next blow, a small child may not be able to hold the balloon tightly enough; as he sucks in, the balloon could be pulled down into his mouth or throat.

The safety tips are simple and potentially lifesaving:

*Don't allow children under the age of six to play with uninflated balloons without supervision.

*If a balloon breaks, immediately pick up all the pieces and dispose of them someplace where your child can’t get at them.

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