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Health Tip: Buy a Safe Toy Chest

Health Tip: Buy a Safe Toy Chest

11/09/10

(HealthDay News) -- Toy chests, sometimes called toy boxes, can pose safety hazards if used improperly. These include the possibility of trapping a child inside, or the lid falling on tiny fingers.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions when you're choosing a toy chest:

  • Select a chest that doesn't have a top, or uses sliding panels instead.
  • If the chest does have a lid, make sure it can be removed and is lightweight.
  • A chest with a hinged lid should have a support that prevents it from closing at any angle.
  • Choose a chest with edges that are rounded or padded.
  • Make sure the chest has holes for ventilation in case your child climbs inside, and that the lid doesn't latch closed.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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