Make Sure Toys You Buy Are Safe for Tots11/30/12
FRIDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Toy shopping season is here
and experts urge parents and others to make sure any gifts they buy
for children are safe and age-appropriate.
Here are some gift-giving tips from doctors at the Cincinnati
Children's Hospital Medical Center and the American Academy of
- Read all warning labels carefully and consider a child's age,
interests and skill levels when buying toys.
- Choose toys with sturdy construction and avoid those with sharp
edges and points.
- Choking is one of the leading causes of toy-related deaths, and
most of these choking deaths are due to tiny balls, latex balloons
and small magnets. Any toy that will be accessible by children
under age 3 should not have any parts that are smaller than 1 inch
in diameter and 2 inches long, because these can lodge in a child's
mouth or throat.
- Avoid toy jewelry that may contain lead or cadmium, both of
which can be harmful to children.
- Don't give toys that must be plugged into an electrical outlet
to children younger than 10. Give them battery-operated toys
instead. Remember, though, that button batteries found in toys can
become lodged in the throat and cause serious injury or death.
- Don't buy pull toys with strings longer than 12 inches. They
could be a strangulation hazard for babies.
- Store toys in designated areas, such as on a shelf or in a toy
chest, and keep older children's toys away from younger
- If people offer you used toys that don't have warning labels,
inspect them carefully and use your best judgment about whether to
- Some toys contain powerful magnets. If a child swallows more
than one of these magnets, they can attract to one another and
result in serious injury or death. If your child ingests one more
magnets, seek immediate medical attention.
The Nemours Foundation has more about
choosing safe toys.
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