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Toy Safety: Danger Lurking Beneath the FUN

Summary: Toys can make great gifts, but are they safe?
Air Date: 12/5/14
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Chuck Nozicka, DO, FAAP, FACEP
Charles "Chuck" Nozicka, DO, FAAP, FACEP is Medical Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Advocate at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Illinois. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Nozicka is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. He lectures nationally regarding adolescent risk-taking behavior and pediatric emergency medicine topics.
Toy Safety: Danger Lurking Beneath the FUN
If you have any children within your family, or are considering donating gifts to children for the holidays, you may know that toys make great presents.

Like, in the eyes of kids, REALLY great.

Toys are fun, but some can be dangerous to children if they are not used properly. For young children, you want to be mindful of giving small toys and toys with small parts. Young children are notorious for putting things in their mouths, ears, and noses. For older children, even though it may be on their wish list, when considering bikes, skateboards, or other motor toys, safety is the most important priority.

You may also want to be sure to read warning labels and toy instructions before allowing your child to play with the new toy.

What are some other tips to keep in mind when buying toys for children?

Some things to look out for are making sure the toy is not toxic or painted with a lead based paint, making sure the retailer you are buying from is legit, and checking certain websites like PIRG for toys that are not safe for children.

What else do you need to know about toy safety?

Dr. Chuck Nozicka discusses the most common injuries seen in the ER regarding toys and offers advice so that kids -- whether they belong to you or someone else -- stay safe this holiday season.
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