Researchers find accidentally swallowing tabs on cans can be detrimental - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/30/09

Researchers find accidentally swallowing tabs on cans can be detrimental

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thirty years after makers of aluminum cans changed the tabs to prevent them from being swallowed by children, a new study finds there's still a problem, but not just in little kids.

Researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Medical Center say although the tabs are designed to stay attached to the can after opening, the study finds they're still easy to remove and at just that one hospital there have been 19 cases in recent years of kids swallowing the tabs.

The study says half the time, teens play with the tabs while they're drinking and accidentally swallow it when it becomes loose.  While most of the cases were resolved without surgery, the sharp edges of the tabs can injure the gastrointestinal tract.

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