‘Tis the season for gift giving for your little ones. Did you know that there are more than 250,000 toy-related injuries in the United States each year—mostly involving children under the age of 5?
If you are among the millions purchasing gifts for children for the holidays, it’s important to make sure that the gifts are both safe and appropriate for the children to whom they will be received.
We know that toys are meant to provide education and fun for children of any age, however, many people too often forget that they can also provide a great deal of danger. Depending on the toy, injuries can happen to the child’s eyes, mouth, throat, neck, ears, arms or legs.
Finding age-appropriate toys at times can be a challenge, especially if the child is asking for a gift that it not yet their part of their age group. But, all labels and instructions should always be followed.
When shopping for gifts this holiday season, please reference these toy safety tips to keep everyone safe:
- Buy gifts only meant for their age group
- Show the child how to safely use their toy
- Never leave a child unattended with toys. Children tend to become curious, which may lead to an unexpected accident.
- Always read all warnings and instructions on toys
- Don’t be afraid to give family members recommendations for toys that you feel are acceptable for your child.
- Do not gift toys with small parts to young children. Younger kids tend to put just about everything in their mouths, so small parts and cords leads to a greater risk for potential harm.
- Avoid toys that are cheaply made, because often this leads to them breaking into small pieces.
- Inspect all toys before giving them to a child
- Keep toys that are intended for older children away from younger children.
With a little research, a little common sense and a lot of supervision, you can make sure that you keep the happy and healthy in your holidays.
Sources: L afcweb.com; babycenter.com; injuryinformation.com