Christmas Toy Safety

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Christmas shopping season is in full swing, and you may find yourself asking if the toys youre buying are age-appropriate and safe for your children. Dr. Edward Hill has some suggestions for toy safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

There are thousands of toys on the market, each promising to educate or entertain our children. Unfortunately, not every toy is safe. You can help protect the people on your Christmas gift list from injury by being a careful shopper.

If you are shopping for an infant or toddler, here are some things to watch out for when purchasing toys.

Read and heed warning labels. Toys that could be dangerous for young children are required by law to be labeled with warnings.

Avoid choking hazards. Do not buy small toys or toys with small parts for young children. Choking is the most common cause of toy-related injury.

Never give young children small balls or balloons. They are particularly dangerous choking hazards.

Avoid strangulation hazards. Keep cords short or out of childrens reach. Check the ends of pull toys and remove knobs or beads from cords longer than one foot.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.