Christmas Toy Safety

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the Christmas season fast approaching and toy buying in high gear, Dr. Edward Hill gives some advice on purchasing safe toys for children in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Every toy has an age-appropriate recommendation. These guidelines can be helpful, but you as a parent will be the final judge on whether or not a toy is safe for your child.

Always look for toys that appear to be well constructed and that clearly include age recommendations on the labels. Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.

If a new toy is shrink-wrapped, be sure to immediately discard the plastic wrapping after opening the toy. Holiday gift-wrapping, ribbons and bows can be hazards as well.

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when buying toys for infants, toddlers and preschoolers:

Avoid toys with cords or long strings. These present a strangulation hazard to very young children.

Dont give your child un-inflated or broken balloons.

Avoid marbles, coins and small balls because they present choking hazards, and

Avoid thin plastic toys that might break into small pieces and leave jagged edges that could cut your child.

Have a safe holiday season.

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