Tips on preventing toy-related injuries
Before buying toys, parents may want to do the following tips to make sure their children will enjoy their toys and possibly prevent injuries. Toy-related injuries, though preventable, have landed estimated 251,800 children in emergency departments in 2014, a report of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
It is important for parents or any person buying toys for gifts to determine if a particular toy is appropriate for the age of the recipient. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that parents should strictly follow the toy’s safety warning mostly if the toy is intended to be used by a younger child. Check if the toy had passed the American Society for Testing and Materials; note that toys that have been certified have “ASTM” inscribed in the toys packaging. Toys that are suited for children ages 10 and above may pose a risk when given to younger children. Children whose age is 1 to 3 years old should not be given toys with small parts that can be accidentally ingested. Parents may want to consult other parents or toy store personnel if the product they are considering to buy is safe for a child. Refrain from buying toys that have sharp edges, rods, or unsafe edges that can cause harm to children. For younger kids, make sure to only buy toys that do not have cords that can cause strangulation.
When buying stuffed toys for younger children, make sure it does not have a zipper where they can accidentally swallow its stuffings. There were some previous reports that suggested toy-related injuries continue to increase as a result of children riding “non-motorized scooters.” Parents who have considerations in buying “ride-on toys” may also want to buy safety gears like helmet, knee and elbow padding. Though such tips may help prevent toy-related injuries to children, the website of the Abel Law Firm says that severe injuries are inevitable when children when they play defective toys.