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Amazon, Target and more will stop selling water beads marketed to kids due to rising safety concerns

  • Amazon, Target, and Walmart have voluntarily stopped selling water beads marketed for children due to safety concerns raised by government officials and public health professionals.
  • Water beads, which can swell to obstruct the bowel and cause severe discomfort, have led to an estimated 7,800 injuries between 2016 and 2022.
  • These absorbent polymer balls pose immense health risks to young children, are difficult to detect on X-rays, and may require surgery for removal.
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