Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Boy hospitalised after fidget spinner mishap

Boy hospitalised after fidget spinner mishap

The point of a fidget spinner, it would seem, is to provide a mindless physical distraction.

"You don't think that would ever happen", he said. While she was playing with it a couple of weeks ago, one of the metal bearings inside came loose.

A young Sydney boy was rushed to hospital after swallowing part of a fidget spinner - the latest toy craze sweeping Australian playgrounds.

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"The side of the spinner was cracked and when he spun it, the disc flew in his mouth and before he realised, he swallowed it", she wrote.

Last month, a 10-year-old girl required surgery to remove one of the metal pieces of the fidget toy that she accidentally swallowed.

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating incidents involving fidget spinners. "I think parents need to educate their children about the danger of these", says Dr. Nina Shapiro with UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. Doctors also warn parents about the dangers of fidget spinners, advising them not to give the toy to very young kids and to tell older children about the risk of these items. "They should not be put in their mouths, they should not be taken apart".

Despite missing out on potential revenues from her invention from the likes of Kardashian and Hasbro, Hettinger is excited for the fidget spinner's growing popularity today and said she didn't create the toy for money. "I don't want a kid to choke". You can also use your mouse to spin it like you would with a finger, and, a switch at the top lets you change the image from a fidget spinner to a number wheel, which could conceivably be useful in some context.

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