US Mom urges caution after child chokes on fidget spinners

18:20  18 may  2017
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She pulled over and discovered that her daughter had swallowed one of the bearings from her fidget spinner . After trying to dislodge the small piece of metal with the Heimlich maneuver, Joniec took Britton to the nearest urgent “ CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.”

Mom has warning after 10-year-old girl chokes on fidget spinner part. It wasn't until after an ambulance ride to Texas Children 's Hospital that an X-ray revealed the round metal bearing in the girl's esophagus.

In this Thursday, May 11, 2017, photo, Funky Monkey Toys store owner Tom Jones plays with a fidget spinner in Oxford, Mich. The mania for fidget spinners, the 3-inch twirling gadgets taking over classrooms and cubicles, is unlike many other toy crazes. They're not made by a major company, timed for the holiday season, or promoted in TV commercials.© Carlos Osorio, AP In this Thursday, May 11, 2017, photo, Funky Monkey Toys store owner Tom Jones plays with a fidget spinner in Oxford, Mich. The mania for fidget spinners, the 3-inch twirling gadgets taking over classrooms and cubicles, is unlike many other toy crazes. They're not made by a major company, timed for the holiday season, or promoted in TV commercials.

A Texas mom is warning parents about the dangers of fidget spinners after her daughter swallowed a part of the popular toy and had emergency surgery.

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If you have kids in elementary and middle school you likely already know about fidget spinners. The newest "it" toy is a small gadget with two or three prongs with circles in them, along with a circular pad in the middle to hold the device with a finger and thumb. Then, kids twirl it.

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Fidget spinners are the latest craze, but one woman is warning others about her daughter's almost fatal experience with the toy. A 10-year-old girl from Texas had a near-death experience after a toy, given to children to help with anxiety, lodged in her throat.

Kelly Rose Joniec posted on Facebook Monday cautioning parents about the popular toy, which she says does not have age appropriate warnings. Joniec said she was driving her daughter home from a swim meet, when she heard her making a retching sound in the back seat.

"Looking back in the mirror, I saw her face turning red and drool pouring from her mouth," Joniec said. "She could utter noises but looked panicked so I immediately pulled over."

Joniec said her daughter was able to tell her she'd put part of her fidget spinner in her mouth to clean it and accidentally swallowed it.

Joniec said she drove to an urgent care facility where doctors were unable to figure out where the spinner piece, which is about the size of a quarter, was located. The pair were transported by ambulance to Texas Children's Hospital where an X-ray showed the spinner lodged in Joniec's daughter's esophagus.

"After multiple, very stressful attempts to place an IV, Britton was taken to surgery to endoscopically locate and remove the object," Joniec said in the post. "Fortunately we had a positive outcome, but it was pretty scary there for a while."

Joniec said in the post, which was shared almost 700,000 times, that parents should be cautious of the toys.

"Fidget spinners are the current craze so they are widely distributed," she said. "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."

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