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So worried about buying everything BPA-free that you tossed all your plastic for metal water bottles? The good news: You may have cut your kid's risk of ingesting icky chemicals. The bad news: You may end up in the ER with your little one's tongue trapped in the bottle. Today reports children getting their tongues stuck in metal water bottles isn't just a new category for the Darwin Awards.
"Doctors believe that when some children stick their tongues in to take a drink, it creates a strong suction -- and metal bottle won't flex, causing the tongue to swell up inside," according to the news show. "They think that the narrow neck and strong brass ridges on the bottle act like a noose, trapping the tongue."
Dr. Chad Whited, who had to remove a bottle from the tongue of a North Carolina boy, tells Today parents think this just won't happen to their kids.
"Just like anything, any product that you give a kid, 99.99 percent of the time it's fine, until something happens to your kid," he tells the news show, adding that surgical tools are used to remove the bottle.
Mary Kate Person tells Today her tongue got stuck in a bottle, and she had to undergo a three-hour surgery and three days spent in intensive care.
"The doctors said the two worst-case scenarios were: one, it could block her airway and she could suffocate, and two, her tongue would die, basically -- she wouldn't be able to speak anymore, she would lose her tongue," her dad, Andy Person, tells the news show.
Person tells Today she'll only use a straw from now on and the news show says docs recommend screwing on a sippy or straw cap to metal water bottles to reduce a child's risk.