Dangers of Balloons for Children
Balloons, children seem to fascinated by them and truly love them, however they can be a dangerous thing to have around if not properly supervised by an adult. Balloons, especially the rubber ones can be harmful to children in several ways including: the string that is often attached to the balloon, the strong force that a balloon creates when popping, as well as the fact that a balloon can easily be sucked down a child’s airway.
Many times these balloons when filled with helium are tied with a string to help the child to hold onto it. Small children aren’t aware of the danger that is associated with this string. They can easily get it tangled around their neck and strangulation can result. In addition, children often times like to wrap the string around their finger or arm as a means by which to hold onto the balloon however, this can cause restricted blood flow to the child’s body part.
Balloons are also prone to popping. Children often times like to put the balloons in their mouths and are fascinated by the sound the rubber makes when between their teeth, however the sharpness of their teeth can easily pop the balloon and the force of the balloon can be harmful to their faces.
Finally, children will often times try to blow up a deflated balloon and not understanding how it works can easily suck the rubber down their throats blocking their airways.
As you can see balloons can be extremely dangerous for children and should be monitored closely if given to them to play with.
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