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Health Information For Parents
Each year, hospital emergency departments treat many kids for toy-related injuries. With so many toys on the market and new ones arriving every day, it’s important to make sure the toys your child plays with are safe.
Manufacturers follow guidelines and label most new toys for specific age groups. But the most important thing a parent can do — especially when it comes to younger school-age children — is to supervise play.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) closely monitors and regulates toys. Any toys made in, or imported into, the United States after 1995 must comply with CPSC standards.
Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind when shopping for toys:
Steer clear of older toys, even hand-me-downs from friends and family. These might not meet current safety standards.
And make sure a toy isn’t too loud for your child. The noise of some electronic toys can be as loud as a car horn — even louder if a child holds it directly to the ears — and can damage hearing.
Always read labels to make sure a toy is appropriate for a child’s age. Guidelines published by the CPSC and other groups can help you make buying decisions.
And consider your child’s temperament, habits, and behavior whenever you buy a new toy. Even a child who seems advanced compared with other kids the same age shouldn’t use toys meant for older kids. But the age levels for toys are determined by safety factors, not intelligence or maturity.
Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when selecting toys for school-age children:
Check the CPSC website for the latest information about toy recalls or call their hotline at (800) 638-CPSC to report a toy you think is unsafe.
If you have any doubt about a toy’s safety, don’t allow your child to play with it.
Play is the building block of childhood. It teaches kids about their world. Here, learn what activities inspire and motivate, and which toys are not only safer, but smarter, too.
An age-wise guide on play and the toys that encourage learning, promote motor skill development, and spark imagination.
Toys are a fun and important part of any child’s development. And there’s plenty you can do to make sure all toys are safe.
How can you tell if a small toy poses a choking risk? What types of unsafe toys should you avoid for your baby, toddler, or preschooler? Find out here.
Is your 10-year-old crying for a pellet gun? How about that used scooter? For help figuring out what toys are safe and appropriate for older kids, read these tips.
Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and share time as a family. But there’s an important factor that you need to consider – safety.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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