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Toys are enjoyable and fun thing for the children. Whether kids are playing with toys or building a Lego car or using his brains to put forward a puzzle, safety should be there in all these toys.

Everyday 500 kids are injured with these toys. 181,500 children were treated in emergency room in 2010, for toy-related injuries. Half of them were under 4 years. Every 101 minutes a child dies in United States from an unintentional injury.

Injuries are a big concern. Besides hefty emergency department bills, missed schools, disabilities and caring for these sick kids all cause a big problem.

Tips to be safe with toys.

• Buying safe toys for young children means it need to match their stages of development and emerging activities.

• When buying the toy consider the age. Spend some time to read the instructions and buy the toy appropriate for the child.

• Always check for any small parts or choking hazards before settling for the toy.

• Games which have smaller pieces are a great game for older kids. But they are all choking hazards younger ones. You should keep extra vigil when your child is dealing with such toys.

• When the playtime is over, all the toys should go inside a big basket or bin type of containers. There should not be any holes or hinges to hurt the kids.

• Bike, skateboards, scooter and other riding equipment need a helmet to keep the child safe.

• Check for damaged toys. Repair them in time.

• Electrical toys are a potential burn hazard. Children under 8 should not use toys with electrical plugs and batteries.

• Riding toys, galloping horses, bouncing balls all should be supervised. There are chances of kids falling from those and getting hurt.

• Magnets and toy boats on water also should be supervised.

• Toys need to be washable and non-toxic ones because all toys eventually end up in baby’s mouth.

• Children love to play with toys and pull them apart. So shop for only sturdy toys.

• Stay away from loose strings or cords because they can become tangled around baby’s neck.

• You should need to look for sharp parts and splinters when buying toys.

• You want your children to follow Einstein’s footsteps. So avoid non-age appropriate, inflammable and toxic and which include dangerous chemicals.

Above all, enjoy the time with your child by playing with them and their toys.

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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