Mom Warns Parents After Daughter Chokes On Fidget Spinner

Mom Warns Parents After Daughter Chokes On Fidget Spinner

Fidget spinners have become the newest ‘it’ toy amongst elementary and middle schoolers, however, one Texas mom is warning parents about the seemingly harmless toy after her daughter had to have emergency surgery after playing with one.

“On the way home from a fun swim meet, I heard Britton make an odd retching noise in the back seat as I was driving. Looking back in the mirror, I saw her face turning red and drool pouring from her mouth – she could utter noises but looked panicked so I immediately pulled over. She pointed to her throat saying she’d swallowed something, so I attempted Heimlich but there was no resistance. She said she’d put part of her fidget spinner in her mouth to clean it and somehow swallowed it,” mom Kelly Rose Joniec explained.


Joniec rushed Britton to the nearest urgent care facility, but they couldn’t tell where the spinner piece had gotten stuck, so they rushed her to Texas Children’s Hospital where doctors were able to locate the spinner, which is about the same size of a quarter, in Britton’s esophagus.
“After multiple, very stressful attempts to place an IV, Britton was taken to surgery to endoscopically locate and remove the object. Fortunately, we had a positive outcome, but it was pretty scary there for a while…not only because of the initial ingestion, but then the concern about the composition and structure of the object, and finally, the risk with general anesthesia.”

Thankfully, Britton is doing much better but Joniec has shared their story on Facebook in hopes of warning other parents about the popular toy. “I wish to offer some word of caution to parents. Fidget spinners are the current craze so they are widely distributed. Kids of all ages may be getting them, but not all spinners come with age-appropriate warnings. The bushings pop out easily, so if you have young kids (under 8 yr old) keep in mind that these present a potential choking hazard.”

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[Featured image: Facebook/Kelly Rose Joniec]