THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Toys are a major part of
children's fun and excitement during the holiday season, so parents
and others need to make sure the toys are safe, experts say.
Read all warning labels carefully before buying a toy and
consider the child's age, interests and skill levels, advise
doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the
American Academy of Pediatrics.
Among their other recommendations and warnings:
- Select toys with sturdy construction and avoid those with sharp
edges and points.
- For children under age three, choose toys that are at least one
inch in diameter and two inches long so they will not lodge in the
child's throat or mouth.
- Don't buy toy jewelry that may contain lead or cadmium. Both
are toxic metals that can harm children.
- Choking is a leading cause of toy-related deaths and most of
these choking-related deaths are caused by toy balls, latex
balloons and small magnets.
- Toys with pull strings longer than 12 inches could pose a
strangulation risk for babies.
- Don't give children under age 10 toys that need to be plugged
into an electrical outlet. Instead, give them battery-operated
- Be careful with toys that require button batteries. If
swallowed, these batteries can become lodged in the esophagus,
resulting in serious injury or death.
- Keep older kids' toys away from younger children.
- Some toys contain high-power magnets. If a child swallows more
than one of these magnets, they can attract each other and cause
serious injury or death. Seek medical help if you child swallows
one or more magnets.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has more about
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