For Kids' Sake: Think Toy Safety
You may feel a lot of pressure from your kids to buy them the latest toys that have hit the stores. Take some time to consider these safety tips before you go on your next shopping trip.
Choosing Toys With Care
Keep in mind the child's age, interests, and skill level. Look for quality design and construction in all toys for all ages.
Reading the Label
Pay attention to the age recommendations, such as "not recommended for children under three." In addition, look for other safety labels including, like "flame retardant/flame resistant" on fabric products and "washable/hygienic materials" on stuffed toys and dolls.
Making Sure the Directions Are Clear
Directions should be clear to you and, when appropriate, to your child. Plastic wrappings on toys should be discarded at once before they become dangerous play things.
Last reviewedNovember 2013by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.