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Child safety choking warning issued for water beads | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) have issued a warning to parents and caregivers about water beads, a product used increasingly as a toy.

Water beads, which are also known as gel beads and sensory beads, are made of a superabsorbent polymer and can retain hundreds of times their weight in water.

Water beads are a choking hazard for young children. If swallowed, the beads can continue to expand, growing considerably larger than their original size and causing intestinal blockages requiring medical intervention.

The beads also can become lodged in a child’s ears or nose. There have been a number of reported incidents around the world involving water beads, including blockages in ear canals and internal organs resulting in hearing loss and bowel obstruction.

The CCPC are advising parents to keep water beads away from young children, dispose of them when not in use. Parents are advised to check the  recommended ge of usage as most water beads are only recommended for children 5 years old and older.


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