Holiday Shopping Tips From WRMC
Here’s helpful advice from the pediatricians at Washington Regional Medical Center
During the holiday season, parents and caregivers should keep an especially close eye on gifts they buy for children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) mandates clear labeling of toys that could pose a safety hazard to young children.
For infants and toddlers, choking is the major toy safety issue. Among the leading choking hazards are balloons, which can fill the throat or breathing tubes and cause serious injury. Here’s a good rule for caregivers to remember: children under four should avoid toys that can fit inside a toilet paper roll.
Scooters, skateboards and rollerblades are among the most popular Christmas gifts for kids, and they are also a frequent cause of trips to the emergency room for broken bones and too often, serious head injuries. For children receiving ANYTHING on wheels, helmets are essential safety equipment and prevent 85% of brain injuries. Just as important, but often overlooked, wrist guards can help prevent up to 85% of broken wrists in scooter, rollerblading and skateboard falls.
Please, don’t buy any of these "gifts on wheels," without buying properly sized helmets and wrist guards, and then establish the firm rule, "No helmet/wrist guards, no riding/rolling."
Giving children gifts designed for their age and parental insistence on the use of appropriate safety gear with all holiday gifts will help ensure safe use. For more information about toy safety visit the CPSC website at: www.cpsc.gov.