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'It Really Could've Killed Him': N.C. Mom Speaks Out About Broken Pacifiers

| by Sean Kelly
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A North Carolina mother was terrified to discover a piece of a MAM pacifier lodged in her baby's throat.

Kacie McFadden, of Sanford, North Carolina, said she's experienced two close calls with her son, Ryder, due to broken MAM pacifiers, WTVD reports.

"He was about two months old," McFadden told WTVD of the first incident.

"He was gurgling and I ran in the room and I found the pacifier had broken off — it was lodged in his throat and he was turning colors," she added.

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McFadden attempted to get the the pacifier out of her son's mouth, but she unable to do so.

"I did the Heimlich and it finally came out," she said. "It really could have killed him if I had not checked on him."

McFadden subsequently called MAM to inform them of the incident, and they responded by sending her a new package of pacifiers. They also attached a note asking McFadden to send them the broken pacifier.

Two months later, the same thing happened again.

"He was going like this with his tongue trying to get something out of his throat and I realized the piece of the pacifier was sitting on his stomach," she said.

WTVD investigated MAM and their pacifiers, soon discovering that McFadden wasn't the only person to find broken bits of pacifiers in her baby's throat. They discovered 10 Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports concerning choking hazards with MAM pacifiers.

"MAM USA is aware of a very small number of reports from consumers in which the pacifier nipple wore and became detached from the shield," the company said in a statement.

"In each of these cases reported to us or to SaferProducts.gov, we asked the customer to return the pacifier for thorough examination in our laboratories to determine the cause of the detachment," the statement continued.

A similar incident occurred in 2013 when a Michigan baby was rushed to the hospital after swallowing an entire pacifier and getting it lodged in his throat, Today reported at the time.

Sources: WTVD, Today / Photo credit: SaferProducts.gov via WTVD

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