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Health Tip: Safe Toys For Your Child

Here's how to help prevent accidents

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(HealthDay News) -- All toys, no matter how safe, may not be appropriate for children of all ages. Other toys may have moving parts or sharp edges that make them inappropriate for children of any age.

Here are suggestions on how to choose safe toys for your child, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Don't give your child toys with small parts that can be easily removed or broken.
  • Follow safety information and age guidelines listed on toys.
  • Look for toys that say "non-toxic," or "washable/hygienic materials" on stuffed animals that can be washed.
  • Make sure your child only has access to toys that are appropriate for her age.
  • To prevent choking, don't allow young children to play with marbles, or other small toys less than 1 3/4 inches diameter or 2 inches long.


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