If your kids are into the latest trend you might want to have a read of this, just to be aware.
Another warning after Sydney boy swallows loose disc off fidget spinner.
A Sydney mum claimed her child was playing with the spinner when one of its disc’s “flew off”, she posted to Facebook yesterday.
“The side of the spinner was cracked and when he spun it, the disc flew off and he swallowed it,” she wrote.
“Parents of fidget spinners beware… our son swallowed the disc of a fidget spinner last night & ended up at RNSH Emergency.
The side of the spinner was cracked & when he spun it, the disc flew in his mouth & before he realised, he swallowed it!
He had it for less than 48 hours. Ours are now in the bin & just want to make you all aware of what can happen with these things.
He has to pass it within 2 days or we’re looking at alternative methods of extraction…”
We also shared recently that a mother in the US state of Texas is urgently warning parents over the dangers of Fidget Spinners – a popular toy that sent her 10-year-old daughter into emergency surgery Saturday.
Kelly Rose Joniec shared her daughter’s frightening ordeal to Facebook, cautioning parents the 7.5cm spinning toy – aimed at children with autism and attention disorders– could potentially be a choking hazard.
“On the way home from a fun swim meet, I heard [daughter] Britton make an odd retching noise in the back seat as I was driving,” Kelly wrote.
“Looking back in the mirror, I saw her face turning red and drool pouring from her mouth – she could utter noises but looked panicked so I immediately pulled over.”
As the young girl fought for air, she pointed to her throat, indicating that she’d swallowed something.
Kelly immediately launched into the Heimlich manoeuvre to dislodge the object, but nothing helped.
She said her daughter had put part of her Fidget Spinner in her mouth to clean it, and somehow swallowed the piece.
“Frantic, I went straight to urgent care where they checked her for choking,” Kelly wrote.
“They couldn’t discern where the foreign object was located – along the airway or the oesophagus. From there we got the red-light treatment via ambulance to Texas Children’s Hospital.”
There, X-rays showed the item – the metal spinner bushing, about the size of a twenty cent piece – lodged in Britton’s oesophagus.
Kelly said her daughter’s ordeal was “very stressful” and “pretty scary.”
“I wish to offer some word of caution to parents,” she said.
“Fidget Spinners are the current craze so they are widely distributed. Kids of all ages may be getting them, but not all spinners come with age-appropriate warnings. The bushings pop out easily, so if you have young kids (under 8 years old) keep in mind that these present a potential choking hazard.”
We previously shared…
Aussie mum, Molly, wants to warn other parents of the dangers of a popular new toy after her son “nearly lost his eye” while showing his friends some tricks.
Fidget spinners are the new craze sweeping schools across the nation and have become this year’s ‘must-have’ gadget for kids.
Molly, was horrified when her 11-year-old son Isaac suffered a painful injury after throwing one of the toys up in the air.
“He threw the spinner up a little higher,” Molly told Kidspot, “and he didn’t manage to catch the spinner but it came down and clipped the corner of his eye and crunch.
“He was very lucky not to lose his eyesight let alone his eyeball.”
Fidget spinners are propeller-shaped gadgets with ball bearings that allow them to spin, and kids enjoy competing to see who can come up with the best tricks or keep their gadget spinning longest.
The addictive little gadgets come in a range of shapes and colours and were originally designed as a stress-relieving tool.
The spinners and cubes have already been banned in some schools by concerned teachers who believe the toy is distracting- it seems with good reason.
Isaac has been left with scarring on his eye which “prevents him from seeing out of the corner” and has to turn his head in order to see, according to Kidspot.
They have been banned in thousands of schools across UK, America and some Melbourne classrooms have already followed suit.
Melbourne’s Mazenod College assistant principal, Tony Coghlan, told The Herald Sun their school had banned students from bringing them to class.
This little “accident” could quite as easily have happened with any toy. As you our MoM members have pointed out on our Facebook page. They are not designed to be a “toy” which is were the bigger issue seems to sit with many parents. The whole purpose of them for sensory children is now under threat with many school bans.
Remember the rubber band or good old yoyo when we were at school? Now that was a nasty injury!
Have your kids been driving you crazy with the new fidget craze?
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