Toy Safety Tips for Your Tots

Toy Safety Tips for Your Tots

Love giving your little ones presents full of toys? While we’re sure they love them too, you may want to be cautious when giving them out. According to a study, from 1990 to 2011 more than 3.25 million kids ended up in the ER because of toy-related injuries -- half of them younger than five. And recent years have seen a 40% bump in those stats.

So as you give toys as gifts this year, remember:

  • Kids three and younger are at risk for choking on small parts of toys (magnets are especially harmful) -- about 14 cases a day are reported! Avoid giving these troublemakers to older kids too, so you won’t expose younger siblings to a second-hand risk.
  • Foot-powered scooters account for 28% of injuries to kids younger than five and 42% of injuries to older kids 5-17. It’s estimated that an ER-worthy scooter injury happens somewhere in North American every 11 minutes. Remember: Always give helmets as a present when you give any scooter, trike, bike or skates. Train all kids and supervise kids eight and younger. (It’s also in your best interest to avoid trampolines all together.) And have them use knee and elbow pads as well.

Following these tips can make playing with toys that much safer for your beloved tots!

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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