Parents are being warned about potentially deadly light-up toy rings being sold in Britain.
At least one child has died after swallowing batteries similar to those contained in the colourful jelly rings last year, trading standards officers said, and five more suffered “life-changing” injuries caused by internal bleeding.
The toys contain flashing lights powered by three tiny batteries smaller than a 5p coin, which have been known to spill out.
Nottinghamshire County Council put out the warning after Kent alerted authorities when a member of the public told them one of the toy rings had split open to reveal the metal pieces.
It is believed that the toys were manufactured in China and have been exported to the UK.
Last month, NHS England issued a patient safety alert over the risk of death and serious injuries from ingesting “button” batteries.
Severe injuries are caused by a build-up of sodium hydroxide as a result of the electrical current discharged from the battery, it said, causing tissue burns in the throat that can lead to fatal haemorrhaging.
10 best educational toys
10 best educational toys
1/10 VTech My Laptop
Youngsters will love feeling all grown-up with their very own laptop, complete with movable mouse. But rather than being faced with a boring document like on mum or dad’s computer, this one comes with 30 fun activities that kids can use to learn with music, numbers, letters and games. £16.99, elc.co.uk
2/10 Janod Four in One Activity Case
This activity case has everything a young child could possibly need to prepare themselves for the world of school. It’s packed full of magnetic numbers and letters, as well as a chalk board with chalk and rubber and there’s a white board with magnetic pen too. £30, elc.co.uk
3/10 Seedling Create Your Own Designer Clock
Seedling is a New Zealand born company that has taken the UK by storm with its collection of craft kits that encourage kids to make their own toys. This one, aimed at children aged five and over, contains everything they need to make your own clock, which they can then practise telling the time on. £36, kindtoys.co.uk
4/10 Bright Minds Maths Mat Challenge
This toy, aimed at four to seven year olds, gets kids to literally think on their feet, with the interactive talking floor mat providing a wide range of fast and crazy quiz games, all focused around numbers. The only downside is the accent is American. £25.49, brightminds.co.uk
5/10 Primary Science Magnet Set
It should come as no surprise that the Science Museum has some great kits that encourage kids to explore the world of science in a fun and interactive way. This one gets them learning about how magnets are attracted to and repelled from each other. £25, sciencemuseumshop.co.uk
6/10 Lanka Kade Whale A-Z Jigsaw
Encourage your child to have a whale of a time with this delightful fair trade puzzle, made up of 26 pieces, each of which has a letter of the alphabet. It’s hand-made, hand-painted and constructed from chunky wood that stands upright and looks great on the toy shelf. £19.99, borngifted.co.uk
7/10 Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube
The award-winning cube teaches little ones how sounds combine to create eight Mozart masterpieces. It also enables children to add and subtract instruments at the touch of a button, with the addition of lights flashing to the tempo. It’s suitable from birth, but loved by older children too. £16.94, amazon.co.uk
8/10 LEGO Cargo Terminal
LEGO has been teaching children to construct, concentrate and create for decades. Its City range is a particularly good entry level set, with the cargo plane and terminal proving an especially fun-filled challenge that’s suitable for six to 12 year-olds. Once built, the adventures begin. £69.99, shop.lego.com
9/10 LeapFrog Scribble & Write
This clever little toy gets kids learning how to write upper and lower case numbers and letters in a mess-free environment. Encouraging them to trace over the shown lights to create a letter or number, it’s also got an easy-to-grip stylus pen and provides instant accuracy feedback. £14.99, leapfrogstore.co.uk
10/10 Bee Smart Musical Xylophone
This cheery toy isn’t just a xylophone, but a six-piece shape sorter and pull along aeroplane. The innovative design will help teach your child shapes, colours and music and is sure to hold their interest for longer than other toys, as well as looking really stylish. £24.99, bee-smart.net
Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, chair of the Nottinghamshire’s community safety committee, urged people to alert authorities to any rings seen in shops so they can be removed from sale.
“We want to get an urgent warning out to parents about the dangers that these types of toys pose and advise that they are kept away from children,” he added.
“The biggest danger is from the batteries inside them, which can look like sweets to children.”
NHS England said children of all ages are at risk but most swallowing cases so far have involved toddlers and those under the age of six. Elderly people may also mistake the batteries for a pill, a spokesperson said.Reuse content