Navigation Links
Toy Safety Tips Help Protect Kids

THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Toys are a major part of children's fun and excitement during the holiday season, so parents and others need to make sure the toys are safe, experts say.

Read all warning labels carefully before buying a toy and consider the child's age, interests and skill levels, advise doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Among their other recommendations and warnings:

  • Select toys with sturdy construction and avoid those with sharp edges and points.
  • For children under age three, choose toys that are at least one inch in diameter and two inches long so they will not lodge in the child's throat or mouth.
  • Don't buy toy jewelry that may contain lead or cadmium. Both are toxic metals that can harm children.
  • Choking is a leading cause of toy-related deaths and most of these choking-related deaths are caused by toy balls, latex balloons and small magnets.
  • Toys with pull strings longer than 12 inches could pose a strangulation risk for babies.
  • Don't give children under age 10 toys that need to be plugged into an electrical outlet. Instead, give them battery-operated toys.
  • Be careful with toys that require button batteries. If swallowed, these batteries can become lodged in the esophagus, resulting in serious injury or death.
  • Keep older kids' toys away from younger children.
  • Some toys contain high-power magnets. If a child swallows more than one of these magnets, they can attract each other and cause serious injury or death. Seek medical help if you child swallows one or more magnets.

More information

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has more about toy safety.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, news release, Dec. 2, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Electronic Cigarette Makers Must Prove Safety of Products: Report
2. U.S. Safety Board Urges Nationwide Ban on Drivers Use of Cellphones
3. FDA Panels to Weigh Safety of Newer Forms of the Pill
4. BMC anesthesiologists receive award from Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
5. Virtual childbirth simulator improves safety of high-risk deliveries
6. Hospital safety climate linked to both patient and nurse injuries: Drexel study
7. Experts Debate Tylenols Safety for Asthmatic Kids
8. Health Information Technology and Patient Safety - IOM report releases Nov. 10
9. NYUCN receives $299 thousand from NCSBN to study patient safety in nursing homes
10. National Sleep Foundation brings the sleep community together for Sleep Health and Safety 2012
11. Federal government releases environmental, health, and safety research strategy for nanotechnology
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Toy Safety Tips Help Protect Kids 
(Date:11/29/2015)... , ... November 29, 2015 , ... Khanna Vision Institute ... Board of Ophthalmology on November 25th 2015. Peer Certification by the Board is ... his specialty. Certification in Ophthalmology is first obtained after the completion of three years ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... IL (PRWEB) , ... November 29, 2015 , ... Effective ... In addition starting on Black Friday Target is offering a “Buy One ... This is a rare opportunity to purchase IguanaMed at a discounted price. ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... ... November 28, 2015 , ... Trying to relax on ... the COUCH BUDDY. "I conceived of this design due to personal experience with a ... users. It promotes relaxation and convenience, as well as increases support. It also makes ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... the conversation at the recent 2015 American Dental Association meeting in Washington D.C. revolved ... can help protect a patient’s overall health. The talk stressed the link between periodontal ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... , ... November 27, 2015 , ... A team of ... ways to treat it. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted the findings on the website. ... Hospital Zurich analyzed the cases of 136 mesothelioma patients who were treated with chemotherapy ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 26, 2015 ... addition of the  "2016 Future Horizons ... Cell Surface Testing Market: Supplier Shares, ... their offering.  --> ... the  "2016 Future Horizons and Growth ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , Nov. 26, 2015 Research and ... the "Advanced Wound Care Market by Type (Dressings, ... End User (In-Patient Facility, Out-Patient Facility), and Geography - ... --> --> ... description, definition and forecast of the global advanced wound ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ) has announced ... High Viscosity Drugs" report to their offering. ... addition of the "Self Administration of High ... --> Research and Markets ( ) ... Administration of High Viscosity Drugs" report to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: