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The holidays are almost upon us, and like many, you may have in hand one or more children’s wish lists. But before you start that holiday shopping buying gifts, check those lists to know whether they want age-appropriate toys. Make sure they want safe toys and follow the safe toys guidelines below.
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month. Since this is a big gift buying time of year, focusing on the safety of toys is important because:
It helps us all to keep in mind safety and suitability. Knowing what to look for can help prevent potential injuries from well-meaning gift givers. Use these resources to find out if there have been any toy recalls.
First and foremost, you want to give toys that suit the age, skills and abilities of each child, especially when it comes to infants and those under the age of three.
These guidelines, published by the American Public Health Association, can help you choose safe toys no matter a child’s age.
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Choking is one of the most common toy related injuries. Did you know a child’s trachea is no wider than a straw? This means that even very tiny pieces can block the airway and cause suffocation. It is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for infants. Toy manufacturers are required to put warnings on labels for choking hazards, however, parts can break off and create a choking hazard. Best advice? Inspect a toy before allowing a child to play with it, read all labels and ensure it is age-appropriate.
Falls. Children fall off a bike, scooter, skateboard and other riding toys. Falls can result in minor injuries such as cuts, scrapes and bruises to more serious ones such as bone fractures and head injuries. Best advice? Get the proper padding to go along with the toy, such as kneepads, elbow pads and helmets.
Eye injuries can be caused by toys such as BB guns and other weapon-related toys, sports equipment, toys that contain rubber bands, bungee cords and more. Injuries can range from mild corneal abrasions to severe retinal detachment and even blindness. Best advice? Ensure children wear proper protective eyewear when playing sports and that toys are age-appropriate.
ALWAYS make sure that children have appropriate adult supervision.
Whether for Christmas or another occasion, choose wisely when gift shopping and use these guidelines and safety tips when purchasing toys.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published December 2, 2019. It was reviewed on November 25, 2022, updated for content and accuracy and re-published on November 30, 2022.