A Texas mom has a warning for parents after a mishap left her 2-year-old fighting for her life: Children's exposure to magnets might be more dangerous than you'd think.
Jennifer O'Neill wrote for Yahoo Parenting that Lexi Kendall's daughter, Ava, plucked nine "pellet-sized" magnets off of the fridge and ate them. Kendall had little idea how ill magnets can make kids, but the toddler "started clutching her stomach, screaming in pain."
The situation landed Ava in intensive care for two weeks after a scan showed the nine pellets in her intestines, Yahoo Parenting wrote.
"Magnets find each other, even through skin," Kendall told ABC 7. "They were burrowed in her intestines, creating holes."
Yahoo Parenting reported the situation prompted Kendall to take to Facebook to discuss the lesson: Young kids can get into more than parents think.
"My Ava is smart," Yahoo Parenting quoted Kendall as saying in the post. "She has never put things in her mouth prior to this. She listens when we tell her, 'yucky!' and doesn't go for it again. The part that is being missed is that toddlers can get into ANYTHING in a matter of SECONDS. It does not matter how high or how hidden you may think something is."