While the month of December is dedicated to the holiday and gift giving season, in the medical world we also dedicate it to SAFE toys and gifts. In 2010, there were over 250,000 toy related injuries throughout the emergency room systems and toys are being recalled all the time. These situations are 100% preventable as long as you are aware of the toys your children are playing with.
Often times, safety can be lost in the excitement of a new gift, but it is important to keep a few things in mind when purchasing and then giving a toy to a child.
First and foremost, always do your research. Figure out what products have been recalled this year and don’t purchase those toys or products for your children. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has a website that lists most recalls.
Secondly, it is always important to inspect the toy at the time of purchase, as well as, when it is actually opened. Check for loose pieces, sharp objects and whether it can withstand a fall or smash.
Keep in mind the age and ability of the child. While it may be fun to get a child a toy, if they are not the appropriate age for that toy they could get seriously hurt. Small pieces can be choking hazards for small children. There are age limits on packaging for a reason, so it is important to look for it.
Supervision and diligence when children are playing with toys is always the best way to prevent injury. If you ever have any questions about the safety or health of your child please call (540) 899-2555 or make an appointment with us! We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!