When you buy toys for children, you only want to bring smiles and laughter. But recent news reports have told us that toys can carry danger, too. Millions of toys made in China, including Sesame Street medical kits and Dora the Explorer dollhouses, have been recalled because of their lead-paint decorations. Long-term lead exposure can adversely affect children’s mental and physical development. What’s more, about 202,000 other toy-related injuries were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2005. Twenty deaths resulted, with nine cases from choking.
When choosing toys, pay attention to age recommendations and show your child how to properly use playthings. Prevent Blindness America suggests you:
- Read warnings and instructions.
- Buy toys that aren’t prone to break through rough play.
- Avoid toys that have potential projectile parts or sharp edges.
To stay updated on toy recalls, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.