This week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled approximately 95,000 of a small toy that absorbs water and can expand to nearly 400 times its original size after a report that a baby swallowed one and needed surgery to remove it.
The marble-sized toys are Water Balz (round shape), Growing Skulls (skull shape), H2O Orbs “Despicable Me” (round shape), and Fabulous Flowers (flower shape). They were sold in stores in the United States and Canada between 2010 and November 2012. They were sold in packages of six in green, yellow, red, blue, and black.
According to an article on CNN.com, if swallowed, the toy can expand and cause a blockage in the small intestine. To complicate matters, the toys do not show up on an x-ray. Surgery is required to remove the toy if ingested.
Any consumers with these toys are urged to stop using them immediately.