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					                         Toy Safety
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                               Read the Label
 Did You Know?                     The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requires toy
                                   manufacturers to meet stringent safety standards and to label
 Last year, an estimated           certain toys that could be a hazard for younger children. Look
 140,700 children were             for labels that give age recommendations and use that
 treated in U.S. hospital          information as a guide. Labels on toys that state "not
 emergency rooms after             recommended for children under three ... contains small parts,"
 toy-related incidents and         are labeled that way because they may pose a choking hazard to
 13 children died.                 children under three. Toys should be developmentally
                                   appropriate to suit the skills, abilities and interests of the child.
 Babies placed to sleep on
 their stomachs are much
 more likely to die of SIDS    EXTRA CARE FOR TODDLERS' TOYS
 than babies placed on their       Choose toys for very young children with extra care. Playthings
 backs to sleep.                   that are safe for older children can be hazardous to little ones.
                                   Keep in mind that toddlers trip and fall easily, and that, with
 Babies are more likely to
                                   infants, "everything goes into the mouth."
 die of SIDS if they are
                                   When choosing a toy for a toddler or infant, make sure it:
 placed to sleep on top of
                                   • Is too large to be swallowed.
 soft bedding or if they are       • Does not have detachable pieces that can lodge in the
 covered by soft bedding.              windpipe, ears, or nostrils.
 African American babies           • Will not break easily, leaving jagged edges.
 are 2 times more likely to        • Has no sharp edges or points.
 die of SIDS than white            • Has not been put together with easily exposed pins, wires,
 babies.                               staples, or nails.
 American Indian babies are        • Is labeled "non-toxic."
 almost 3 times more likely        • Can't pinch fingers or catch hair.

 to die of SIDS than white
 babies.
                               •   Do not allow smoking around your baby. Don’t smoke before or
                                   after the birth of your baby and make sure no one smokes
                                   around your baby.

                               •   Don’t let your baby get too warm during sleep. Your baby’s
                                   room should be at a temperature that is comfortable for an
                                   adult.
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                 Take a stand for children. We are!
 Purchase Age Appropriate Toys                                      Between 6 and 12 years…
              Under 3 Years…                              • For all children, adults should check toys
                                                            periodically for breakage and potential
• Children under 3 tend to put everything in
                                                            hazards. Damaged or dangerous toys should be
  their mouths. Avoid buying toys intended for
                                                            repaired or thrown away.
  older children which may have small parts that
  pose a choking danger.                                  • If buying a toy gun, be sure the barrel, or the
                                                            entire gun, is brightly colored so that it's not
• Never let children of any age play with
                                                            mistaken for a real gun.
  uninflated or broken balloons because of the
  choking danger.                                         • If you buy a bicycle for any age child, buy a
                                                            helmet too, and make sure the child wears it.
• Avoid marbles, balls, and games with balls, that
  have a diameter of 1.75 inches or less. These           • Teach all children to put toys away when
  products also pose a choking hazard to young              they're finished playing so they don't trip over
  children.                                                 them or fall on them..

• Children at this age pull, prod and twist toys.
  Look for toys that are well-made with tightly
  secured eyes, noses and other parts.
                                                            The American Academy of
• Avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.                  Pediatrics says…
                                                          The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
        Between 3 and 5 years…                            recently updated their recommendations
• Avoid toys that are constructed with thin,              regarding SIDS. In addition to the other
  brittle plastic that might easily break into            issues addressed in this flyer, here are some
  small pieces or leave jagged edges.                     concerns to be aware of.
• Look for household art materials, including
                                                                    Avoid commercial devices marketed to
  crayons and paint sets, marked with the
                                                                    decreases the risk of SIDS.
  designation "ASTM D-4236." This means the
  product has been reviewed by a toxicologist
  and, if necessary, labeled with cautionary
  information.
• Teach older children to keep their toys away
  from their younger brothers and sisters..
                                                          *What Is SIDS, How Can I Protect My Baby and Frequently Asked
                                                          Questions are courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
                                                          Services.
                                                          **AAP recommendations courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


                 The strongest weapon we have to protect
                  our children from SIDS is prevention!
For more information about SIDS prevention and other programs through St. Joseph’s Children’s Advocacy Center,
                   please call (813) 615-0589, 1401A East Fowler Ave., Tampa, Florida 33612

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            Take a stand for children. We are!
10 Important Toy Tips
                                       1. Do not leave toys on stairs.
                                       2. Refrain from providing toys with small parts to children
                                          under age 3.
                                       3. Do not leave toys for an older child in the hands of a
                                          younger child.
                                       4. Avoid toys with sharp points or rough edges.
                                       5. Do not allow children under age 8 to handle inflated or
                                          broken balloons.
                                       6. Avoid toys with heating elements for children under age
                                          8.
                                       7. Make sure children wear sports equipment protective
                                          gear.
                                       8. Discard broken toys.
                                       9. Assure that toys are played with properly. (no hitting,
                                          throwing, etc.)
Always provide toys in conjunction with sensible supervision.

				
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