Shopping for Safe Toys for Your Children This Holiday Season

An estimated 181,500 children received emergency room treatment for toy-related injuries in 2010. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible for assessing the safety and age-appropriateness of toys, but it can take weeks or months to issue a recall, and simple toys can still cause injury. Consider these tips to avoid toy-related emergency room visits to Riverside Community Hospital this holiday season.

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Age-Appropriateness
Age ratings are not simply arbitrary recommendations from toy manufacturers or oversight organizations; they are solely based on safety considerations, not intelligence or maturity. Most children develop through several distinct milestones around certain ages, and giving a child a toy before he is ready could result in injury. For example, a young toddler who has recently learned to walk and run may have trouble coordinating hand and foot movements inside a toy car.

Common Hazards
Many toys (especially board games) come with small pieces that may pose a choking hazard. It is especially important to watch out for toys with small batteries and to make sure the compartment is completely secure. “Button” batteries can be easily swallowed and cause choking, internal bleeding, or chemical burns. You should also beware of toys with pieces of string longer than 7 inches. Even if a child is old enough to use a bicycle or other riding toy, it is still important to provide a CPSC or Snell-certified helmet and other protective pads.

Storage
Even age appropriate toys can be dangerous of the child falls on them, misuses them, or breaks off a piece and swallows it. That’s why it’s important to provide proper supervision during playtime. A large storage bin or container can be used to store toys or separate toys for different children. Be sure to place storage bins in places where there is no risk of it falling on the child.

Riverside Community Hospital has been serving Riverside County since 1901, and we’ve grown into one of the largest full-service, acute care facilities in the area. We continue to value timely and reliable patient care above all else, and our team of healthcare specialists has access to the latest equipment and treatments. For more information about our services, call (951) 788-3000.

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