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05/12/2007 Small children and ingesting coins Swallowing coins is a common cause of toddlers having to visit hospital, as reported by the Dominion Post (30/11/07).

Coins in NZ are generally non-toxic but can lodge in the small intestines (gut) and airways of children. About 20% of children require surgery to have them removed.

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