Giving gifts to kids is probably one of the best parts of the holiday season. Katrina Jensen, Registered Nurse with Intermountain Moms stopped by KUTV to share some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep kids safe as well as advice for buying gifts that are developmentally appropriate for the age of the child. This will help reduce the risk that injury or harm to a child. Toy selection and safety are key!
• Choose toys to match the child’s age, abilities, skills and interest level. Toys that are too advanced may be a safety hazard for younger children.
• When choosing gifts for babies and toddlers, consider toys that will build developmental skills. Toys that can be manipulated, such as shape sorters, stacking blocks, and baby-safe puzzles, are great for developing fine motor, cognitive, and perceptual skills.
• If you are considering a digital device for a child or teen, such as a tablet, smartphone or game system, think about the purpose of the device and what rules you may need to set around access and use of these.
• Be cautious about toys containing button batteries or magnets. Children can have serious stomach and intestinal problems (including death) after swallowing button batteries or magnets.
• To prevent burns and electrical shocks do not give children under age 10 a toy that must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Instead, buy toys that are battery-operated.
• Avoid toys for young kids that have small pieces as this may become a choking hazard.
• Remove tags, strings, and ribbons from toys before giving them to young children. Watch for pull toys with strings that are more than 12 inches long, because they could be a strangulation hazard for babies.
• Read the label and instructions on gifts/toys your child receives. Warning labels give important information about how to use a toy and what ages it is for. Be sure to show your child how to use the toy.
References: Healthychildren.org and SafeKids.org