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Doctor's warning about Loom Band hazard after child nearly loses fingers

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

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PARENTS are being warned by doctors about the potential dangers of loom bands after a photograph emerged of the jewellery appearing to cut off the circulation in a young child’s fingers.

The Loom Band fad sees children link together small, colourful rubber bands to create bracelets.

You can use a loom or your fingers and a hook to create them. But one child was close to losing his fingers as he fell asleep with one of the bands wrapped around his fingers - thankfully the parent of the child went in to check on him half an hour after lights out.

A doctor - a mother of three herself - posted a photo showing the child’s fingers as a warning to parents about the elastic bands on a mother's group on Facebook: "Please be careful with looms - zoom in on the fingers - the parent of this child thankfully went in to check on him half an hour after lights out."

Dr Anne-Marie Houlder, chair of Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "I know these are a massive craze at the moment for children across the country.

"Kids obviously love playing with them but having seen the article that has hit the press, where a child had fallen asleep with some wrapped round his fingers, I would just urge parents to be vigilant.

“They could be a choking hazard or cause circulatory problems if children swallow or wrap them round their fingers for any length of time. I obviously wouldn’t want to be a killjoy at all I just think parents need to be aware of the potential dangers if children are left unattended.”

Read more at http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Loom-Band-Danger-warning-child-nearly-loses/story-21446121-detail/story.html#UQzZpGSDHUAkVdCm.99

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