In what will, I suspect, be a surprise to many parents, it’s been reported that uninflated balloons are the leading cause of child suffocation.
HealthDay News says, “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.