There are undoubtedly many health hazards, which can be found in a child’s environment. From the birth of a child and onwards, parents continually take safety measures, so that accidental injuries can be avoided. However, it is also crucial that parents safely choose the toys that a child can play with, in order to prevent any injuries. Every year, around 72,000 young children end up in emergency rooms, due to toy-related injuries. Play will always be a big part of a child’s life, and parents need to take safety measures, so that a child can be protected from these injuries.
Toys appropriate for a child may not be safe for other children, belonging to a different age group. Thus, parents need to make it a habit to read labels on toys. Some toys may have other safety recommendations, which you are unaware about. It is never wise to assume that you already know these things, when you may be missing very important precautions regarding toy usage and materials used.
Toys with sharp glass and metal edges, are not allowed for children under eight years old. Likewise, toys with detachable or breakable small parts, are very dangerous for children younger than 3 years old. You can use a toilet paper tube as a measuring device, in determining whether a toy is safe or not. A toy is not safe for a child if it fits inside the tube.
Older toys may also break into small parts, which can potentially choke or aspirate a child. Try to check as well, whether you have acquired toys from fairs or carnivals. These toys are not required to pass safety standards, and it is definitely not safe for your child. Examine as well your child’s squeaky toy, and make sure that the squeakers are not removable.
There are also toys that can make sounds at noise levels. These toys may damage a child’s hearing, and parents should know important safety precautions. If you think that the toy is making very loud noises, do not allow your child to play with it. For infants and young children, toys with long strings or cords, should never be used because of its potential to cause strangulation.
Flying toys and other projectile objects may injure eyes. Projectile toys can be turned into weapons, which may cause injury. Parents need to ensure that toys, such as arrows and darts have secure tips. Try not to purchase toys like dart guns because an unsupervised child may not use it properly. For children younger than 8 years old, electrical toys with heating elements are not allowed. Although these toys need to pass very strict standards, they still have the potential to cause burns or shock. Thus, adult supervision is needed to prevent any injuries.
Parents should also routinely check toys for breakage, splinters, and damage. Discard broken toys to prevent any accidents. Even uninflated or broken balloons are dangerous because these may cause suffocation. Health hazards can really be found everywhere, but parents can greatly reduce the risk of toy-related injuries, by choosing safe toys and by closely supervising children at play.
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