Health Watch -- Holiday Tip #5 - Toy Shopping

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This week on "Healthwatch," we've been offering tips to help you prepare for a safe and healthy holiday season. It's the time of year when children make their wish lists, and then parents brave the stores to carry out those wishes. Pediatricians at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say there are some things parents should think about when buying toys.

First, toys should be age-appropriate. A toy that's too advanced may just frustrate a child. A toy that's beyond your child also may not be safe, no matter how smart or advanced you believe your child is. Look for small parts or parts that could come off and become a choking hazard.

Test the sound of a noise-making toy against your ear. If it's too loud for you, it could cause hearing damage to a child. Be careful about pull toys that have strings more than
12 inches long. Those toys would be bad for babies because babies could be strangled in the string.


Dec. 2004

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