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Fidget spinners have gotten wildly popular in recent months. Previously used as a device to help keep children focused on the task at hand, these tiny toys have recently become a source of entertainment for children. But, this entertainment doesn't come without a serious risk.

The risk of fidget spinners is so serious that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has released a warning to parents to keep the toy away from young children. The issue with the toys is the bearing that helps the spinning on each tip of the spinner. The bearing can come loose. Since it is so small, it is a choking hazard for children.

Two of the reported incidents

Two of the reported incidents involving fidget spinners involve a 5-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl. In both cases, the child swallowed a spinner and needed emergency medical care to remove the spinner from the windpipe. In one of these cases, the one involving the 10-year-old girl, the parent of the child noted that surgery was necessary.

No documented benefit, notes expert

Many people claim that fidget spinners are useful for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but one expert at Duke University contradicts this belief. He is the director of the ADHD program. He notes that there haven't been any controlled studies that would support the possibility of any benefit to these children.

Possible reason for issue

The issue with the fidget spinners is theorized to occur when the toy begins to get worn out. When the spinner is in new condition, the bearings are tight. Some theorize that the bearings become loose as the spinner is used. No matter what is actually causing the bearings to come out, they still pose a choke hazard for any child who puts the device in his or her mouth. One manufacturer notes that this shouldn't happen unless it is removed with a tool.

Schools are banning the spinners

Schools are starting to ban these popular toys from their campuses. The reason given by most of the schools is that the devices are actually a distraction in the classroom. Considering the safety issues that are coming to light, it seems as though these schools are taking this step and protecting students at the same time.

Taking action

If your child was injured by a fidget spinner, you might opt to seek compensation for the injury. In addition to seeking compensation, you should file a report with the CPSC to let the commission know about the issue your child had with the fidget spinner.

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