advertisement
07 December 2004

Safe toys for your kids

Toy safety should be at the top of your list when you select Christmas presents for children. Here's what to look out for.

0
Toy safety should be at the top of your list when you select Christmas presents for children.

Claudia McCormick, programme director of the trauma centre at the Duke University Medical Center in the US, offers some advice on toy safety.

"Always read the warning label on the box before buying any toy. This will give you the information about what age child the toy is designed for and whether adult supervision is recommended. This system of warning labels is very effective," McCormick said in a prepared statement.

Follow the age recommendations
It's vital that you read and follow the age recommendations on toy packages, since a child might misuse a toy that's too simple or too advanced for him or her. Age recommendations related to a toy's safety are based on: possible choking hazards; the physical ability of a child to play with the toy; a child's ability to understand how to play with a toy; and a child's needs and interests at various points of their development.

McCormick said toddlers and preschoolers are at special risk for unsafe toys.

"In general, the bigger the pieces, the better it is. Many toy stores have charts to help you determine how big a toy part should be in order to prevent choking. It's also important to keep younger children away from their older siblings' toys. Toys that may be appropriate for older children, especially those with small parts or projectile parts, should be kept away from small children," McCormick advised.

If you're going to buy a bicycle for your child, make sure it's the proper size. A bike that's too big for a child will increase the risk of injury. And when you buy a bike for a child, make sure you include all the proper safety gear. – (HealthDayNews)

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X

More:

ChildBody
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Choose wisely... »

Healthy diet may extend kidney patients' lives Healthy diet protects teens against later weight gain

Finding the right diet for you

With so many fad diets out there, it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction. Dietitian Mpho Tshukudu gives advice on how to find and follow the right diet.

Decor danger! »

Sick building syndrome FAQ: Sick building syndrome What is sick building syndrome?

Your wallpaper might be making you sick

Fungus growing on wallpaper might contribute to 'sick building syndrome', causing symptoms similar to flu and allergies.