During the Holiday season, we are especially aware of gift giving to all ages. Although receiving gifts is a joyous event, those giving should be aware of the potential hazards involved. Some gifts may be dangerous for little ones who don’t know any better.
According to Child and Family Services, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recently created a system to prevent injury in young children as a result of toys. There are labs all around the world that test toys for chemicals and dangerous parts before they are put on the shelves for sale.
Although national guidelines exist to protect your little ones, it is important as a parent or guardian to decide what is safe for your children. Be educated about current toy recalls and recommended age requirements for toys with small parts. Be an advocate for your child’s safety!
Did You Know?
- The CPSC has a variety of handouts and lists of safety guides available at child-familyservices.org.
- High-powered magnets should be kept away from children.
- Helmets should be worn at all times when riding on scooters, skateboards, and bikes.
- Balloons can be a choking hazard to children under the age of eight.
Tips for Selecting the Safest Toys
- Avoid toys with ropes or heating elements.
- Look for crayons and markers that are labeled “non-toxic” and are labeled ASTM D-4236, signifying it has been evaluated by the American Society for safety.
- Don’t give young children toys with small parts, which can be a choking hazard – If the toy can fit inside a toilet paper roll, it is not suitable for a child under three years of age.
- Prevent lead poisoning in your child by educating yourself about the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning, as well as which toys have been recalled.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Child Family Services, US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Tradition, Mayo Clinic. LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.