Thinking of Toy Safety During the Holidays

The Holidays have begun. Kids are awaiting the toys given to them under the tree or during the lighting of the candles.
Shopping for toys can be fun. However there are important things to think about when picking the right toy for you son or daughter.
According to Safe Kids, “In 2016, 174,100 children under the age of 15 years were seen in emergency departments for toy-related injuries”. The choice of the toy is important to their development and important to reduce toy related injuries like these.

American Academy of Pediatrics has listed top tips on toy safety:

When choosing a toy, keep the Childs age in mind.
Look for toys that will help the child develop skills.
If selecting a digital device, think about what the devise will be used for and rules implemented around the device.
Avoid toys that contain button batteries or magnet as these have been known to cause further complications.
Avoid giving young children toys that must be plugged into an outlet.
For young children, choose toys without small pieces that can be swallowed and cause the child to choke.
Avoid balloons as broken or uninflected ones can suffocate or choke a child.
Remove tags and strings as they can be a strangulation hazard for babies.
Have a bin or shelf designated for toys to keep younger children away from toys that could be hazardous to them.

If your child has been involved with a toy related injury contact us today at 618.462.1077. for your free consultation.