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The holidays are rapidly approaching and that means new toys for the kiddies. Well intentioned grandparents enjoy surprising the young children with the ''in'' toys for the holiday season.
The American Optometric Association advises that parents advise relatives about some guidelines when it comes to safe and age appropriate toys. Mishaps involving toys and games can take place, occasionally causing blindness.
Below are some tips to protect kids from toy related harm:
- Remember, developmentally appropriate toys only! Don't allow young siblings to play with toys meant for older children.
- Check that the toy is well made and steer clear of toys with rough edges. Make sure stick toys such as bats or pony sticks have smooth and round handles.
- Look after little kids while they play.
- Promote eye safety by throwing out toys that have sharp or jagged pieces or firing projectiles like BB guns.
Before buying the latest toy or game that your child absolutely ''needs'', take a minute to check toy safety guidelines. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your family members, not the doctor on call at the nearest emergency room. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.