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Health Information For Parents
Toys are an important and fun part of every child’s development. But they can come with risks too. Choking is a hazard for kids ages 3 or younger, because they tend to put objects in their mouths. So it’s important for parents to check out their children’s toys and supervise when kids play.
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. Those toys might have sentimental value and are certainly less expensive, but they may not meet current safety standards and may be so worn from play that they can break and become hazardous.
And make sure a toy isn’t too loud for your child. The noise of some rattles, squeak toys, and musical or electronic toys can be as loud as a car horn — even louder if a child holds it directly to the ears — and can lead to hearing loss.
Always read labels to make sure a toy is appropriate for a child’s age. Guidelines published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other groups can help you make those 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. The age levels for toys are determined by safety factors, not intelligence or maturity.
Keep these age-specific guidelines in mind:
After you’ve bought safe toys, it’s also important to make sure kids know how to use them. The best way to do this is by supervising play. Playing with your kids teaches them how to play safely while having fun.
And be sure to keep toys clean. Some plastic toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher, but read the manufacturer’s directions first. Another option is to mix antibacterial soap or a mild dishwashing detergent with hot water in a spray bottle and use it to clean toys, rinsing them afterward.
Many non-toys also can tempt kids. It’s important to keep them away from:
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, err on the side of caution and do not 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.
All toys you select for your baby or toddler should meet safety standards. These tips can help you find safe toys for your little one.
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.
Choosing baby products can be confusing, but one consideration must never be compromised: your little one’s safety.
You might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words “babyproofing” or “childproofing,” but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.
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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