Health Watch – Holiday Time: Safe Toys

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This week on "Healthwatch," we're offering a few holiday reminders. One of the best things about Christmas, for many people, is seeing children's faces light up when they find all those new toys under the Christmas tree. Pediatric emergency specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say parents should be careful about choosing toys.

Make sure toys are appropriate for the child's age and developmental stage. If a child has younger brothers or sisters, keep in mind that when you give a gift to one child, all children in the family may have access to it.

It's hard to resist racing outside to play with a new bicycle, skates, or scooter, but take time to make sure children understand how to use these toys, equip them with safety gear, and supervise them until you're sure they've got the hang of it.

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