McDonald’s recalls Happy Meal toy due to choking

By admin
11 November 2014

McDonald's is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts.

McDonald's is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday that two children have reportedly coughed out pieces of the whistle that they had sucked into their mouths, including one child who received medical attention.

The safety agency said that parts of the three-inch-tall "Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop" whistle can detach and be inhaled, posing a risk to small children.

McDonald's said about 2.5 million whistles were manufactured, but most were not sent to restaurants. The fast-food chain said it has recovered about 1.6 million whistles, including toys that never made it to its stores.

The toys were in Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals in the U.S. and Canada in October and November.

Consumers should return the whistle to any McDonald's for a free replacement toy.

What to do when a child is choking?

-        Have someone call for help while you tend to the choking child, or if you are alone tend to the child and then call for help.

-        Get the person in a standing position.

-        First use the palm of your hand to forcefully slap the choking person on the back. Aim for the space in-between the shoulder blades. If the person’s airway is obstructed, rather go straight for the Heimlich-manoeuvre as slaps on the back can lodge the object further in their airways.

-        Stand behind the choking child with your legs wide apart so you can stabilize yourself and catch the person if he/she falls.

-        Wrap your arms around the person’s waist and make a fist with the hand that is closest to their body. Place the fist just above the choking victim’s belly button.

-        Thrust five times quickly by lodging your fist upwards into their stomach. Be careful not to injure the child, especially if they are younger.

-        Once the object is dislodged, call for help immediately and let the person seek medical attention.

Sources: www.wikihow.comwww.mayoclinic.org,

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