Parents are being warned of the dangers of loom bands after four children got them stuck in their noses in one week.
The bands - tiny loops of elastic in different colours that can be linked together to create necklaces and bracelets - have become something of a craze, with even the Duchess of Cambridge and pop star Harry Styles seen wearing them.
But staff from the A&E department at the Monklands Hospital in Airdrie, Scotland urged people to be aware of the potential risks after a recent surge in popularity of the bands.
In a report they said: "Although the four cases presented were resolved without the need for general anaesthetic, we believe there is an urgent need for greater public awareness of their potential hazards."
They also warned of the risks of inhalation if they became stuck in nasal passages, which could obstruct the airway.
In August one of the country's leading toy stores removed loom band charms from its shelves after they were found to contain potentially harmful chemicals.
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