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Not Just the Newest Toys Hold Risks for Kids
Date:12/17/2010

ecommendations listed on toy packaging. The recommendations now are available on toys advertised over the Internet as well, Weintraub said.
  • Consider how a child plays with and interacts with toys. For example, if the youngster still places objects in his or her mouth, be keenly aware of potential choking hazards on any toys.
  • Make sure that battery-powered toys keep the batteries in compartments that cannot be easily opened by children.
  • Don't buy any magnetic toys for children who are still placing objects in their mouth.
  • Examine all toys for loose parts and sharp points or edges.
  • When buying a riding toy, also provide all the proper protective equipment and make sure it is worn. Supervise the child's play on riding toys at all times.
  • Don't buy costume jewelry for a child. "Metal children's jewelry has been such an ongoing problem in terms of high levels of lead and cadmium that we recommend that people not purchase it and children not play with it," Weintraub said.
  • More information

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has more on buying safe toys.

    What the Law Says About Toys

    Toys made in the United States or imported to the country must meet standards established in 1995 with the Child Safety Protection Act.

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the law specifies, for example, that:

    • A ball must have a diameter of more than 1.75 inches if it is intended for use by children younger than 3 years.
    • All balls that are 1.75 inches in diameter or less must carry a warning that they are a choking hazard and not for children younger than 3 years.
    • The same cautionary warning about a choking hazard m
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