Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Girl choked on fidget spinner part, needed surgery, mom says

Girl choked on fidget spinner part, needed surgery, mom says

Some schools in Manchester, England, made headlines recently when they announced a fidget toy ban via text message, enraging parents of special-needs students in the process.

The mother of a 10-year-old girl who choked on a bearing from a fidget spinner is now warning other parents about her daughter's experience.

On Monday, Joniec posted on Facebook that she had been driving her daughter Britton when she heard an "odd retching noise in the back seat". When she looked in the rearview mirror, she saw Britton, red-faced with drool pouring from her mouth.

Kelly Rose Joniec spoke of her horror after her daughter Britton managed to get the toy - the latest playground craze - lodged in her throat while sitting in the back of the vehicle. That's right - part of the spinner had come apart in Britton's mouth and wedged in her esophagus, also straining her windpipe's ability to take in air.

She said she wants to warn all parents about the choking hazard of the toy. She was then transported to Texas Children's Hospital.

"I attempted Heimlich but there was no resistance", wrote Joniec in a Facebook post. The daughter was taken to surgery, where an endoscopy found and removed it.

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Our advice? Maybe opt your child out of the fidget spinner fad altogether.

She added parents should be sure to buy products from a reputable toy retailer that complies with strict US safety standards, and as with all toys, make sure the product is age-appropriate, though many fidget spinners don't have an age range on the packaging because they're being sold by multiple companies on USA streets, and not always by toy stores.

A fidget spinner has two or three paddles that can be spun, similar to a fan, which in theory, allows people to relax.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission told CNN, "Anything with small parts, keep it away from young children".

"Fidget spinners are the current craze so they are widely distributed", Joniec wrote. "If it can fit through a toilet paper roll, don't give it to a young child, and make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions", spokeswoman Patty Davis advised. "Certain characteristics, including shape, size, and consistency, of certain toys and foods increase their potential to cause choking among children", states the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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