Toy Safety Tips For Young Children Posted on 15 May 00:00

As parents, it's always tempting to want to build up your young child's toy collection. However, choosing toys wisely is extremely important because if you aren't careful, the toys that you purchase for your child can end up harming them.

Here are some important toy safety tips to make note of.

*In children who are very young, excessive exposure to lead can be extremely dangerous, as this can cause their bodies to both absorb and retain this dangerous compound. In large amounts, lead can cause symptoms such as stomach pain, headaches, and even behavioral issues and anemia.

*When purchasing toys for your children, be sure to check that the toys themselves are sturdy and don't break easily. You can do this by pressing hard on the toy. If it easily flexes, this is a sign that it may easily break, meaning it may not be suitable for your child. Furthermore, always be sure to take the time to read safety labels and warning instructions, as well as avoiding any toys that appear to be cheaply made. And, of course, always be sure that the toys you are thinking of purchasing are actually appropriate for the age of your child.

*The toys that you purchase should never have any small-sized parts, sharp edges, magnets, exposed wires, etc. All of these types of things are safety hazards, especially for young children. Most notably, these can likely be swallowed and can cause serious internal damage to your child's body.

*If you will be purchasing a battery-operated toy for your child, ensure that they are equipped with battery cases that have screws in order to prevent the child from being able to pry them open.

*Shy away from purchasing balloons and other similar items for your young children, as these items can potentially be ingested, thereby creating a choking hazard.

*Always thoroughly wash toys that are constantly played with by your young children, preferably every week. Wash the toys in hot water with an anti-bacterial soap before completely rinsing them.

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