Dangers of fidget spinners

Fidget spinners are the newest fad in schools, but they're causing serious problems, harming several kids.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A local pediatrician is warning about the possible dangers of a popular new toy.

Fidget Spinners are the newest fad spinning out of control with children across the country.

But now, reports of children being injured by them are surfacing.

In Texas, a mom says her 10-year-old daughter nearly choked to death when one of the metal bushings from the spinner got lodged in her throat.

The girl claimed she was cleaning the spinner when the piece fell off.

In Georgia, a grandmother says the fidget spinner broke apart in her three-year-old grandson's hands. She too worried about the potential choking hazard.

"They're not FDA approved so there's no regulation in terms of how they're being made, you don't know where they're being made, or the conditions they're being made in so you really don't know exactly what you're getting when you're getting these toys," says Developmental Pediatrician James DuRant with Novant Health.

DuRant says the fidgets were initially marketed as a tool for children with ADHD or autism to improve their focus. But, he says, there's no real proof of their effectiveness.

"There's no peer reviewed evidence that it actually helps kids with ADHD or autism," he says.

DuRant says any toy with small parts can be a potential danger to children's health.

Some of the brands contain age restrictions and choking hazard warnings. DuRant believes the fidget spinners are more of a problem than a benefit.

"They're everywhere," he says. "They've got them in their hands, they're making tons of noise, they're huge distractions in the classrooms."

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