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Young children are swallowing objects twice as often as before

By: Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing When my oldest daughter was 3 and my older son was 18 months old, I once entered the living room to find my daughter feeding my son quarters. She had found them between the cushions of the couch, where they had presumably fallen from my husbandís pants pockets. Luckily I intervened before any were swallowed, but it was a close call (after that, my husband…

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