Toys should always be checked for age requirements. The recommended age levels are prominently visible on the outside of toy display boxes. When the toys are used in an appropriate manner, the child safety guidelines are a good indication of whether the toy is safe. Unfortunately, toys can break or be used in a way that was unintended, which creates a safety risk. Parents need to be vigilant to keep their children safe from toy-related danger.
Children can easily swallow balloons and while most parents know to keep intact balloons away from their kids, balloon pieces are just as dangerous. After a balloon breaks, the pieces should be removed from the ground or any place the child might find them.
Any toys with plastic film can be a hazard. The film is used to protect mirrored surfaces from being scratched. If the film is not removed, the child could swallow and choke on it. This includes any kind of surface film protection.
Toys with Strings and Straps
Toy guitars, necklaces and stuffed toys on hanging straps are dangerous to small children. Anything with a strap that could twist around a child’s neck is a potential hazard. The strap should be removed if possible.
Even tiny magnets can be an issue if one or more are swallowed. The magnets can get trapped by becoming magnetized to each other causing holes in the intestinal walls, blood poisoning, infection or death. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends keeping all magnets away from children including those embedded in other toys or devices.
Tiny button batteries can be a huge problem for small children. They can be swallowed and become lodged in the throat or intestines. In only a few hours, the battery can cause a chemical burn inside the child’s throat, stomach, intestine, or wherever else the battery has lodged.
Parents with older children have to be extra vigilant and remove dangerous toys from a smaller child’s vicinity before something extremely dangerous happens. Older children often have batteries for their devices, magnets as components in other items, and toys with straps and strings that can be a choking hazard.