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Cleveland Clinic Doctor Talks About Avoiding Toy Related Injuries This Holiday Season

CLEVELAND, OH - As the holiday season approaches and you start making your shopping list, it's important to keep toy safety in mind. December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month, serving as a reminder to choose toys that are age-appropriate and safe for children.

Dr. Gina Robinson, a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children's, emphasizes the importance of selecting toys that align with a child's developmental stage. "You're trying to buy things that are developmentally appropriate for the child's motor skills, their language skills, and kind of encourage and nurture those things," she explains. However, it's crucial to be aware that toys not suitable for toddlers might have small pieces, batteries, or parts that can break off.

To avoid toy-related injuries, Dr. Robinson advises parents to read labels carefully. It's essential to follow the recommended age range for toys and pay attention to any warnings on the packaging. Toys containing small batteries or magnets can pose a potential choking hazard and may also cause internal damage if swallowed.

When it comes to video games and movies, Dr. Robinson encourages parents to check the ratings to ensure the content is appropriate for their children. Additionally, it's crucial to keep toys and video games intended for older kids out of reach from younger siblings, especially if there's a choking hazard involved. Dr. Robinson suggests keeping the older sibling's toys in a separate space, such as their room or play area, to prevent small pieces from being accessible to younger children.

If you're considering giving a bike or scooter as a gift, Dr. Robinson recommends purchasing the necessary safety equipment to accompany these items. Wearing a helmet and other safety gear is essential year-round to protect children while they enjoy these outdoor activities.

As you shop for toys and gifts this holiday season, remember to prioritize safety. By choosing age-appropriate toys, reading labels, and being mindful of potential hazards, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for children.


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