The holidays are rapidly approaching and that means new toys for the kiddies. Well intentioned grandparents love surprising the little ones with the coolest toys for the holidays.
It is crucial that parents explain to others some rules about eye-safe toys. Mishaps with unsafe toys often occur, sometimes resulting in damage to eyes, or even blindness.
Here are some guidelines to safeguard children from toy related harm:
When buying a gift, check that it is suitable for the child's age and level of development. Don't allow young children to use toys and games meant for older children.
Look for a toy that is well made and stay away from toys with rough corners. Make sure long-handled toys such as swords or brooms are smooth on the end.
Try not to let small kids play without supervision.
Protect little eyes by throwing out any toys with sharp or jagged pieces, or plastic or wooden missiles, commonly found in war-themed toys.
Before you buy that popular game that your child absolutely ''needs'', take some time to read eye safety guidelines for children's toys and games. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your family, not the emergency room doctor. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.