Dr. Erik L. Johnson, a pediatrician with the Amita Health Medical Care Group, shared the following about Spinners:
Some light up. Some play music. All spin in a mesmerizing way. But do fidget spinners — the kid craze of 2017 — have health benefits, or are they a health hazard?
Some retailers have claimed that spinners have health benefits, such as easing stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.A recent article by Forbes contributor Bruce Y. Lee explored the science behind the allure of spinners and found that:
• Fidgeting may prevent your mind from being occupied by obsessive and unhealthy thoughts.
• Body movements are actually part of the thinking and expression process.
• Fidgeting serves as a ritual. Rituals can offer comforting predictability, familiarity and structure that may be relatively absent in real life.
So a fidget spinner can’t hurt if you have a fidgety child, right?
It turns out that spinners also might be hazardous to your child’s health.
A consumer watchdog group, World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., reported this summer that the spinners can fall apart, and their small pieces can be swallowed, creating a choking hazard.