Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month
As the holiday season approaches, many parents and gift-givers are starting to think about what to get their loved ones. While many great toys and gifts are available, it is important to choose ones that are safe for children to play with.
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month, a time to remind everyone of the importance of toy safety. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 225,000 toy-related injuries are treated in emergency departments annually. Of these injuries, about one-third are head injuries.
Choosing Safe Toys
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing safe toys for children:
- Age appropriateness: Ensure the toy is appropriate for the child’s age. Toys that are too young or too old can be dangerous.
- Small parts: Avoid toys with small parts that could be swallowed or inhaled. These toys are a choking hazard for young children.
- Sharp edges or points: Make sure the toy does not have any sharp edges or points that could cut or puncture a child’s skin.
- Durability: The toy should be made of durable materials that can withstand being dropped or thrown.
- Noises: Avoid toys that make loud noises that could damage a child’s hearing.
In addition to the tips above, here are a few other things to keep in mind:
- Read the warning labels: Always read the warning labels on toys before giving them to children. The warning labels will provide important information about the toy’s potential hazards.
- Inspect toys regularly: Regularly inspect toys for any damage or wear and tear. Discard any toys that are damaged or broken.
- Supervise children when they are playing with toys: Even safe toys can be dangerous if they are not used properly. Supervise children when playing with toys to ensure they are using them safely.
Shady Grove Ophthalmology is committed to providing comprehensive eye care for children of all ages. We encourage you to schedule an eye exam for your child if they are experiencing any vision problems.
Remember, the most important thing is choosing safe and age-appropriate toys for your child. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your child has a happy and healthy holiday season.
Shady Grove Ophthalmology