Rising number of children being treated for swallowing foreign objects, researchers find

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(NBC) – A new study shows a significant increase in the number of kids treated for swallowing foreign objects.

Researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital looked at emergency room data from 1995-2015.

During that time, the number of ‘swallowing’ cases involving kids under 6 nearly doubled.

Coins were the most frequent object ingested, but button batteries caused the most damage.

Although batteries only represented 7-percent of swallowing cases, ingestions increased 150-fold over the study period.

Button batteries represented 86-percent of battery ingestions.

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