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Boy hospitalised for fidget spinner mishap

Boy hospitalised for fidget spinner mishap

There's a new toy called fidget spinners which are rolling around the world and its widespread presence has spread across school classrooms and social media.

"Our son swallowed the disc of a fidget spinner last night & ended up at RNSH Emergency", she told the North Shore Mums Facebook group on Sunday.

Her dad gave her back blows until she started breathing. An X-ray at the hospital revealed that the child swallowed the metal piece, which was about the size of a quarter.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the metal bearings are coming loose from their housing and some kids are swallowing them. The girl had put that toy inside her mouth to "clean it".




And among these gifts there is also a golden fidget spinner with the shape of the dollar and the daddy phrase written on it. Experts nonetheless advise parents to keep the toy away from their children, particularly those under 6 years old. This toy is gaining popularity in recent months because these tiny top-like gadgets which spin fast with fingers and help kids in focusing are known for its stress-relieving effect which is shown on Amazon. The popular toys came from China into Frankfurt, Germany, where they were tested and found to have parts capable of falling off and creating a choking hazard for young kids.

Hettinger originally intended this as a toy for calming children and adults with attention deficit hypersensitivity disorder.

"The observations by parents or teachers are interesting but without carefully controlled studies, it's impossible to draw any sorts of conclusions about whether these toys are useful, and it's hard to imagine any sort of reasonable rationale as to why they would offer benefit", Kollins said.


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