Now that Thanksgiving has passed, you may be looking to buy Christmas presents for the children in your life. But, did you know that about a fourth of a million kids are seen in the emergence room due to a toy-related injury? Whether it is your own kid, grandchild, niece or nephew, keep a few things in mind when purchasing that perfect present and keep that child out of the emergency room.
Size – most things will find a way into a kid’s mouth especially if the kid is younger than four years old. When things go into their mouth, other parts of the toy may get into the kid’s eye. Make sure to keep small parts and sharp edges away from younger kids.
Material – stuffed animals will rarely irritate the eyes. Things like an action figure or a Barbie will pose an issue. When looking at the toy, see if there is anything that could break off during reasonable play. If it does, don’t purchase it.
Age Appropriate – Many toys will say what ages should be able to play with the toy. But use common sense when purchasing the toy. Some toys with pointing ends will be labeled as age appropriate for a three year old. However, a three year old may get that point near their eyes.
Some kids may ask you for toys that may be dangerous in terms of eye safety like Ralphie from “The Christmas Story”. Use your best judgment to keep that eye patch off the child.