With the holiday season in full swing, it's easy to purchase gifts for children without thinking about the potential health hazards it may cause in the future. Anna Edwards, grant coordinator for the Safe Kids & Safe Communities programs at Wyoming Medical Center, informs us of the top safety precautions to keep in mind when purchasing a gift for a child. *Check for choking hazards: *If you're purchasing for young children, make sure the toy is age-appropriate. Small parts to a toy (board games) could be choked on, and should be kept away from toddlers. *Mind the batteries: *More than 2,800 kids are treated each year for swallowing lithium button batteries, and as electronic devices become more popular, these batteries become more prevalent. Seal compartments with duct tape to prevent young fingers from prying batteries out. If you suspect a child has swallowed a battery, go to the hospital immediately. Do not try to induce vomiting. *Add a helmet: *If you're gifting a toy such as a bike, skateboard, or scooter, be sure to wrap the present with a helmet and other safety gear as part of the gift. *Research recalls: *Hundreds upon hundreds of toys get recalled each year after being manufactured. Be sure to check the recall list
for a toy that may be on that list.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!