Lots of parents in Texoma will be doing Christmas shopping for their kids over the next couple of weeks, but do you know what to look for before making those purchases?
Newschannel 6 talked to shoppers and a pediatric nurse practitioner today about some of the dangers of purchasing toys that are not age appropriate for children.
“A friend of mine, I’m getting a toy for his little boy,” said Amberly Cox, a Wal-Mart shopper. “He’s likes the transformers that turn into cars.”
Cox said she isn’t a parent, but has heard many situations where kids have swallowed or choked on toys. One reason she said she takes reading labels for particular toys very seriously.
"Kids get into everything,” said Cox. “You just have to make sure they're safe when they're playing with a toy."
That’s why Cox said when she chooses as toy she makes sure that it best fits the child and their age.
"I'm definitely looking at the age on the box for him he's four. I definitely want to stay in that age range for safety," said Cox.
Corine Doho, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Community Healthcare Center said while it is important for shoppers to be aware of labels on toys that are for certain age groups , parents should also be vigilant for toys that are choking hazards as well.
"Little toys like cars, I’ve seen that a lot as well. I sent a couple of kids to the emergency from for that,” said Doho. “These are just some of things the parents should be really careful when they are buying this things too."
Doho said often times parents are just getting the kids the toys they ask for without carefully inspecting the items before purchasing them.
“The parents have to remember that they are the parents first, said Doho. “So although the kids are insisting a particular item or toy they have to think about the safety of your child first."
Toy Safety Shopping Tips
· For children less than three years old, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
· Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child.
· For children less than eight years old, avoid toys with sharp edges and electric toys with heating parts.
· Look for labels with age and safety advice.
Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6