Looking to buy a figet spinner? According to research from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) Education Fund, some fidget spinners may contain many times the legal limit for lead in children's products.
Jerrold Leikin, MD, the Director of Medical Toxicology and OMEGA at NorthShore, said this could be a problem if children suck on the devices or if the exterior begins to flake off and is ingested. “Oral exposure is the real concern, and due to biological differences children absorb much more lead than adults when they ingest it,” Leikin said.
The fidget spinners have also come in for scrutiny because ones that light up can come with small batteries that could potentially be ingested, too. “Small batteries are always a concern,” said Dr. Leikin. “That’s one of the most common ingestion incidents called into poison centers.”