December 2018 Healthy Tip

Toy Safety

Posted in Alerts

This holiday season, as always, parents, grandparents, friends, and co-workers will spend a great deal of time and money searching for that perfect toy for the kids on their shopping list. Which is great!  Toys are a fun and vital part of every child's development but it’s also important to ensure toys are safe.  The best way to keep your child safe while playing with toys is to supervise them and show them how to play with their toys safely.  Be present with them! 

Here are a few toy tips to keep kids safe: 

  • Be aware of possible lead contaminants. Children naturally put toys in their mouths or they put their fingers in their mouths after playing with toys and subsequently lead gets into their bodies. Lead levels in children may cause delays in brain development; children age 4 and younger are at especially high risk.  Painted toys must use lead-free paint.  You can't see or smell lead so if in doubt, better to dispose of a toy. 
  • Always read and follow the age label, warnings, safety messages and assembly instructions. 
  • Age levels for toys are determined by safety factors, not intelligence or maturity, and should be followed even for children who seem advanced for their age.   Also be aware that younger siblings at home may have access to those toys. 
  • Check toys often for hazards like loose parts, broken pieces or sharp edges, and repair or discard any weak or broken toys. Report any hazards to the manufacturer and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov). 
  • Avoid cheap metal or painted jewelry for children who may still mouth objects as they may contain lead. 
  • Think twice about toys with sharp points or edges, toys that produce loud noises, and projectiles (such as darts).   
  • Beware that toys with strings, straps, or cords longer than 7 inches that may pose a risk for strangulation for young children.  
  • Electrical toys with heating elements aren’t for children under age 8. 
  • Dispose of uninflated or broken balloons immediately. 

For additional information go to www.preventblindness.org and search “safe toys.” 

For informational purposes only. 

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