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Summer Means More Chemical Injuries in Kids

Video Courtesy of Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Mon, 10 Jun 2013|

-From the day he was born, Josh and Brittany Linger have shared their love of music with their son Jaxon. But it was something that happened even before he was born that nearly caused him his life. Years ago, the Lingers got a free sample of guitar polish like this. Josh used it once, put it in the drawer and forgot about it until one day Jaxon found it and in mere seconds opened it. -He had somehow got the lid off and had swallowed it and I didn't know how much because it was all over the floor, all over the desk. -Jaxon would spend 3 weeks in the hospital. The doctor says, swallowing the cleaner wasn't the problem. It was inhaling the chemicals in it known as hydrocarbons. -These things evaporate-- and that's part of the danger as the child will play and set it in their mouth and even if they don't intend to swallow it, it turns into a gas and it goes into their lungs and that when it causes the big problem. -The results as the chemical burn on the lungs and it happens more than you might think. A new study by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital shows that between 2000 and 2009, more than 100,000 injuries were reported in children due to hydrocarbons. That's more than an injury an hour. Simply put hydrocarbons are liquids that evaporate when poured out. They're often found in household cleaning products but many kids were injured during warm weather months when things like gas cans and lighter fluid are more easily accessible. -More of these cases occurred in the summer months so the change of seasons is a really good time for parents to sort of take stock and evaluate what kind of products they have and how they're stored. -That's the advice Brittany takes to heart. She now keeps all chemicals under lock-in key-- thankful her son made a full recovery. -They call him the miracle baby around the hospital-- so he did better than anyone expected. -At Nationwide Children's Hospital, this is Clark Pell reporting.