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Make Sure Toys You Buy Are Safe for Tots

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, experts urge caution when it comes to buying gifts for the little ones on your list.  Doctors from the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center at Cincinnati Children’s and the American Academy of Pediatrics urge parents and others to make sure any gifts they buy for children are safe and age-appropriate. They suggest shoppers:

– Read warning labels carefully, considering a child’s age and skill levels.

– Choose toys with sturdy construction, avoiding sharp edges.

– Beware of potential choking hazards. Toys for kids under age 3 should not have parts smaller than 1 inch in diameter and 2 inches long.

– Avoid toy jewelry that may contain lead or cadmium, both of which can be harmful to children.

– Don’t give toys that must be plugged into an electrical outlet to children younger than 10. Give them battery-operated toys instead. Remember, though, that button batteries found in toys can become lodged in the throat and cause serious injury or death.

– Don’t buy pull toys with strings longer than 12 inches. They could be a strangulation hazard for babies.

Read the full list of toy safety recommendations from Cincinnati Children’s and the AAP.

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