Near-miss asphyxiation from a toy ball: a small parts failure

Pediatr Emerg Care. 1989 Mar;5(1):34-6. doi: 10.1097/00006565-198903000-00011.


The case report of a near-fatal asphyxiation of an 11-month-old child by a 26 mm (diameter) toy ball is presented. The lack of compliance with existing Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for small parts is discussed, and a recommendation is made regarding the coloring of ingestible objects.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / etiology
  • Asphyxia / etiology*
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Play and Playthings*
  • Trachea*