Prevent toy injuries this holiday

Prevent toy injuries this holiday

In 2012, an estimated 265,000 toy-related injuries were treated in United States hospital emergency rooms, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

One group, Safe Kids Greater Augusta (SKGA), provides some key tips to remind parents to keep safety top of mind this holiday season.

SKGA offers the following important tips to remember when purchasing and gifting toys to children all year-round:

  1. Read all labels on toys avoid any accidental choking or injuries.
  2. For old toys, examine them for sharp edges or unfastened parts.
  3. Keep toys for older children out of reach.
  4. Beware of toys containing even low levels of lead paint.
  5. Try to avoid buying toys with tiny parts and projectile components that can cause choking hazards and eye injuries.
  6. Be wary of buying toys with strings, straps and cords longer than seven inches as they can be a strangulation hazard.

And if you are wondering what types of toys are safe and age-appropriate, SKGA offers the following recommendations:

  • For babies age newborn to one-year-old, activity quilts, toys that are squeaky or soft, and floor activity centers are the safest choices.
  • For little ones age one to three, get them soft blocks, push and pull toys, books and large stacking blocks.
  • For toddlers age three to five, activity toys like art supplies, dolls and outdoor toys are good choices.
  • For kids age five to nine, try active toys like jump ropes and art project kits.
  • For older kids, age nine to 14, safe choices include electronic and board games, sports gear or musical instruments.

Dr. Andrea Kane and Dr. Aaron Traeger, pediatricians at Advocate Medical Group in Bloomington, Ill. and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill. offer the following suggestions for toy safety:

“A good place to start is to always look at the age recommendation on a toy,” says Dr. Kane. “Be sure to pay attention to warning labels. Be alert for choking hazards, especially around teething children and routinely check for recalls on sites like”

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One Comment

  1. Good info for holiday shopping for my littlest nieces and nephews. And much of this can be applied when thinking about gifts for our pets, too!

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Sarah Scroggins
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Sarah Scroggins, health enews contributor, is the director of social media at Advocate Aurora Health. She has a BA and MA in Communications. When not on social media, she loves reading a good book (or audiobook), watching the latest Netflix series and teaching a college night class.