Dec. 8, 2022 – Sarah Combs, MD, has been an attending physician in the emergency department at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, for 6½ years.

She knows how dangerous toys can be. She has seen the damage they can do.

“Toy-related injury can mean children pick up a little marble and pop it in the ear canal, let’s say, or it can mean the more severe injuries, such as aspiration of uninflated balloons into the airway area, which unfortunately I have also seen,” Combs says.

That first-hand knowledge includes death.

“I won’t be too specific here for patient privacy reasons, but I…


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