We all want what’s best for our children, from the very best schools to a happy, healthy childhood, it also means protecting them from danger. Sadly, as a parent, the amount of danger we have to protect our children from is alarming, to say the least.
From cutting up food to prevent them from choking and being wary of stranger danger to crossing the road and keeping them safe in the car in the event of a crash – speak to an Anderson lawyer dealing with car accidents if you or your child have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault.
Worryingly, what many parents aren’t aware of are the dangers that are hidden in their child’s toy box. From heavy metals in your kid’s toys to potential choking hazards, we don’t want our children to go without the best toys and entertainment, but the true cost of our generosity could be higher than you think.
Here we’ll explore the dangers in your child’s toybox. And how you can keep them safe.
Just a few short years ago, heavy metals were used in most toys. It’s only now that we understand the risks and dangers associated with overexposure to heavy metals. Exposure to metals such as lead, arsenic and cadmium can severely impact the development of the brain, affect the tissues of the liver and even impact bone density, something which can cause serious complications in children and their growing bodies. Sadly today, some toys still have high levels of metals present in them.
Toys with small batteries
Toys that contain small coin-sized batteries shouldn’t be given to young children or any child who might be tempted to play with them or place them in their mouths. These kinds of batteries are easily swallowed, and when consumed can cause irreversible damage to your child’s internal organs which ultimately can prove to be fatal.
Birthday balloons, balloons bought at the carnival or picked up at your favorite restaurant – we can always count on balloons to add a touch of color and fun to any occasion. They’re also great fun to play with. Sadly, in certain circumstances, they can be deadly. When children try to blow up their own balloons or place flat balloons in their mouths, they’re at risk of inhaling and choking on the rubber.
Toys with detachable parts
Any toy that has detachable parts could be a choking hazard. Which is why only age-appropriate toys should be given to children to play with. If you have older children who have toys that they’re likely to leave lying around, it’s important to make sure these toys are kept out of the way of your younger children.
Toys with cords
Pull-along toys or toys that come with pull strings should only be played with under supervision from an adult. Long cords can easily become wrapped around children’s necks as they play, which means asphyxiation is a real risk.
If your child has been injured by a defective or dangerous toy, speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.