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Toys typically fall into two categories in my mind. Some you look at and inherently know they are dangerous, and then there are others that you just don’t realize are dangerous until the unthinkable happens.
Here are some good tips to keep in mind:
One of the most common things we see with kids in the emergency department is small pieces from toys or games that end up stuck in the ear, nose or throat. I encourage parents to think about what might happen if a toy is dropped or thrown. If it is likely to break into tiny pieces, it’s not safe for young children.
Until your children are older, store breakable toys up high and out of reach. Only bring these toys out when you are directly involved in your child’s play. As a good rule of thumb, it’s always best to put more complex toys, crafts and games with lots of parts away as soon as your family is finished with them.
Dr. Jakubowicz (“Dr. J”) is an emergency medicine physician with Wake Emergency Physicians, PA (WEPPA) and the medical director of the WakeMed Children’s Emergency Department. Since 2013, Dr. J has been practicing out of WakeMed Children’s Emergency Department and is board certified in emergency medicine as well as general pediatrics.
Learn more about the emergency services offered to children at WakeMed.
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