Health Matters: Safe Holiday Gifts For Kids

If you haven’t wrapped up your holiday shopping, there’s still time. But before you spend money on expensive gifts for the kids, health experts say there are a few things you want to keep in mind.

Dr. Pierre Loredo, a pediatrician with Lee Health, says keep safety in mind when shopping for a child. “Two things you really want to consider are the child’s age and safety. Fortunately, a lot of the toys will have an age recommendation on them. You want to watch out for sharp edges, you want to not have small parts in there as they can fall off and kids can choke on them.”

Toys with strings, straps, or cords longer than seven inches, can be dangerous for a child. Also, avoid toys with projectiles or loud noises. Make sure an adult inspects all the toys carefully before taking them out of the box. Make sure there are no small parts or button batteries that could cause a choking hazard. “Electronics are very, very, expensive and can easily break so we don’t recommend that as a gift,” said Dr. Loredo.

Trampolines, ATVs, and inflatable jump houses can also be very dangerous. If these items are on your list, make sure to also purchase the safety gear that goes with it. “In 2011, there were about 200,000 kids seen in the emergency room for toy related injuries so this could be serious,” said Dr. Loredo.

Doctors recommend toys that promote creative thinking, entertainment, and safety. If you aren’t sure ask the child or their parent for ideas.

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Source : http://www.nbc-2.com/story/34183634/health-matters-safe-holiday-gifts-for-kids

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