Have you ever bought a toy that is not suitable for your child?
This mechanical fish toy has small parts that can drop off and become a choking hazard
The results were quite amazing – 92.5% of respondents admitted to having previously purchased an age-inappropriate toy for the child, and 87.1% had experienced toy-related child injuries. These accidents were caused by pieces of the toy breaking off (80.4%) and/or the child placing a toy part into their ear, nose or throat (51.1%). 37% of respondents also reported that there had been at least one incident in which their children had been physically injured while playing with a toy.
Why? The top reasons cited for these accidents were wrong use of toys by the child (44.1%) and a lack of supervision by caregivers (37.6%). Interestingly, the survey found out that parents were generally ok with choosing toys for children under the age of 1 and over the age of 3, but fared poorly in selecting toys for children between the age of 1-3.
What to look out for before buying toys:
- Make sure toys are suitable for the child’s age group
- Look for warnings or other safety messages on toy packaging
- Make sure small parts of toys cannot break off, including the eyes and noes on stuffed toys
- Avoid toys with sharp points or edges
- Avoid toys that shoot objects into the air
Some soft toy animals have beads for eyes – these may also become a choking hazard if detached
- Read all instructions included with the toy
- Throw away all toy packaging such as plastic, cellophane and styrofoam
- Check toys regularly for broken parts and other hazards
- Sand the edges of wooden toys that have become sharp or splintered
- Throw away toys that cannot be fixed