Tackling potentially toxic toys, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital recently partnered with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group to inform the public of possible gift selection pitfalls via USPIRG’s 31st annual Trouble in Toyland report.
“We should be able to trust that the toys we buy for our children are safe. However, until that’s the case, we need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys,” Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital pediatrician Jeff Holloway said. “No child should ever get sick, be injured or die from playing with a dangerous toy.”
Holloway added that because many recalled toys are still sold online, the annual Trouble in Toyland report is an essential guide for identifying and a way to remain alert to trouble spots.
In cooperation with the public interest group, South Carolina’s pre-eminent children’s hospital also reminded families that existing household toys can pose hazards in the form of small batteries, magnets and broken or small parts that could be harmful to smaller children.
“The continued presence of these hazards in toys highlights the need for constant vigilance by parents, grandparents and gift-givers to ensure that children do not end up playing with unsafe toys,” Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital pediatrician Sara Sheehan said. “We also want parents and toy shoppers to look carefully at toys they may already own and toys that are in the homes of friends and family they may be visiting during the holidays.”
Each year, USPIRG’s summary addresses new information on toys harboring hazardous features, including lab results regarding toxic metals and chemicals such as lead and cadmium.
More information is available at www.toysafetytips.org.