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Parents warned of the dangers of the Loom Bands bracelet craze

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

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As children all across the Staffordshire Moorlands embrace the new craze of making bracelets out of small coloured elastic bands, a doctor from Bristol has a word of warning for parents.

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.

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The doctor, a mother of three herself, posted a photo of the child asleep with the band wrapped around his fingers, the ends of which have turned a dark bluey-purple colour as the blood flow was restricted, with the warning to parents about the elastic bands on a mother's group on Facebook.

She said: "Please be careful with looms. The parent of this child thankfully went in to check on him half an hour after lights out."

Loon bands are small, colourful rubber bands used to make bracelets and other items. They have become hugely popular with children in the UK in recent months.

You can weave the bracelets using your fingers or using a 'Rainbow Loom' board of pegs which the bands are looped over using a crochet hook. More than three million boards have been sold worldwide.

The bands sell for as little as £1.99 for 1,800, and the loom retail at under 20.

Celebrities including The Duchess of Cambridge, David Beckham, One Direction's Harry Styles and the Duchess of Cornwall have all been pictured wearing the colourful bracelets.

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