#871: MM- Keep Fidget Spinners out of the Hands of Children

Are you a fidgeter? This is Judy Gaman and this is your stay young medical minute. When some people get nervous or impatient they fidget. Fidgeting is the act of small movements with the hands of feet as a way to release pent up energy. You’ve probably all seen these little fidget spinners, perhaps you own one. One thing you may not know is that these little spinners come with a health hazard to kids. The Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition is working to get the word out that fidget spinners have caused a number of deaths and injuries to small children. Often the strong magnets come loose and children choke. Also, the ones that light up contain small lithium batteries. Some children have swallowed these batteries and had significant health issues as a result, even after having these surgically removed. Bottom line, keep your fidget spinners at work and out of the hands of children. This Stay Young Medical Minute was brought to you by Executive Medicine of Texas, a global leader in preventative and proactive health. Visit EMTexas.com to learn more EMTexas.com    

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