Over 250.000 toy-related injuries and 25 deaths caused by toys occurred last year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Many toys may pose a hazard for your child – from sparkly nail polish filled with chemicals, to even more dangerous “slime”.
One of the possible dangers is choking on tiny toy parts, so always make sure to give your child an age-appropriate toy. Most manufacturers comply with the low, but parents should always examine the toys, look for potential dangers and think how a child will play with this item.
You should never assume that all toys are safe, according to experts.
You can check if a toy is a choking hazard: use an empty toilet paper roll. If a toy fits in the tube easily, it’s a possible choking hazard.
Toys made with polyvinyl chloride are dangerous because they contain chemicals called phthalates, which do not bind well to polyvinyl. They can leak out from the toy if a child puts them in the mouth. Studies have connected these chemicals to liver damage, reproduction problems, as well as kidney problems.
Take care about your child’s toys well. What’s washable, wash it often, and avoid aforementioned potentially dangerous toys. You can read more about the recent research on toys dangers here.