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News ReleasesPediatrician Offers Tips for Parents on Toy Safety as Holidays Approach
As Black Friday approaches and kids start to add the latest and greatest toys to their holiday wish-list, Young-Jin Sue, M.D., attending pediatrician, Pediatric Emergency Department, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) shares advice for parents to consider before they head out to the shops this holiday season.
“Far and away the most prevalent risk toys pose to young children is choking,” said Dr. Sue. “Small toys and toy parts can easily be ingested, causing pain, discomfort and in some cases life-threatening obstruction. We want the holidays to be a time of joy and celebration, so we encourage parents to keep these tips in mind.”
• Choking: Children younger than age three are developmentally most at risk for choking. In general, toys small enough to hide inside a cardboard toilet paper roll may present the most risk. Try to avoid these items and stick to larger toys with few detachable parts. Buttons, pull-ties and snaps can all be detached and ingested by an energetic and determined child. Parents should take care to observe toy manufacturers’ warnings about choking and age appropriateness.
“Remember, common sense rules,” said Dr. Sue. “Parents should consider the age, ability, temperament and developmental level of the child recipient. It’s important to heed manufacturers’ warnings and instructions, provide age-appropriate supervision and consistently check for recalls of unsafe toys to ensure a happy child and a safe holiday season.”