Reviewed By: Sarah Haverstick, Safe Children program manager, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (Last Updated: November 19, 2012)
As parents and relatives hit the stores this holiday season to acquire the hottest gadgets, gizmos and toys, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital is offering tips on buying age-appropriate items and avoiding hidden dangers.
Sarah Haverstick, Safe Children program manager at Children’s Hospital, suggests that people consider a child’s age and skill level when selecting toys.
“Every toy should have an age recommendation on the packaging, and it’s important to follow these recommendations, especially for children under age 3,” Haverstick said.
Safety precautions parents can take to avoid toy-related injuries:
Haverstick says choking is one of the main causes of toy-related injuries and deaths. Toys with small parts should be kept away from young children, and parents should supervise while children are playing.
Parents can test toys for choking hazards with a cardboard tube from a toilet paper roll, which is the same diameter as a child's windpipe. If an object fits inside the tube, then it's too small for a young child.
Additional choking hazard precautions:
Below is a list of other items to avoid this shopping season:
Additional sites rich with information and resources on a variety of health conditions and tips include:
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