Due to the recent recalls of several toys on the market, many parents have questions regarding safety of toys this holiday season. The number one safety concern still remains choking and toys should be chosen based on the recommended age of the child, which should be labeled on the package. Parents should consider the age of the youngest child in the house, not necessarily the child the toy is intended for, since small parts often end up in the hands of younger siblings. Accidents from ride-on toys (such as scooters and tricycles) also pose risks to children of all ages.
Many of the recalled toys have been removed from store shelves due to lead being detected in these toys. The risk of lead toxicity occurring is considered very low, occurring through chronic or excessive exposure to lead. Discuss any further concerns with your child’s pediatrician. For further information regarding recalled toys, please visit www.cpsc.gov.