Make Sure You Get Safe Kids’ Toys This Christmas
Here’s a heads-up for parents who are doing some toy shopping: according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a lot of the toys on your kid’s wish list could be dangerous. Here’s what to watch out for:
Stick with age-appropriate toys. Even if your toddler’s smarter than an 8-year-old, they can still choke on small parts, like marbles or doll shoes, or get tangled in cords, like the ones on pull-toys.
Make sure your kids can’t get at the batteries –only buy toys where you need a screwdriver to open the battery case. Because when batteries are swallowed, they can leak acid and cause serious internal burns.
Magnets. Digestive tract experts say that when kids swallow two or more magnets, they can clump together and put kinks in their intestines.
Watch the volume. Everything from drum sets to MP3 players can cause hearing damage. Young children may be permanently damaging their hearing.