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Toy Safety • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 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. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 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 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 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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