What Are the Safest Toys to Give to Your Children?

Some parents use the holidays as an excuse to live vicariously through their children. These parents may get so swept up in the holiday shopping season that they buy potentially dangerous toys that aren’t age appropriate. Before you get serious about your holiday shopping, sit down and think about which toys are the most appropriate for your children. Buying safe toys can spare you an unexpected visit to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center .

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Washable Stuffed Animals
A stuffed animal is a sure to be a holiday hit for any child younger than eight years old. However, stuffed animals have a way of getting dirty very quickly. If you’re not careful, bacteria and viruses from a stuffed animal could infect your whole family. To help prevent sickness during the holidays and all year round, consider getting stuffed animals that are machine washable. 

Nontoxic Art Supplies
Children who have something of a creative spark will love getting crayons, paints, and other art supplies. However, younger children have a tendency to put things in their mouths. To make sure your children  have a safe holiday season , avoid small art supplies that pose a choking hazard. You should also check the label on each product for the word “nontoxic.”

Safety Equipment
This holiday season, you may not be able to resist getting your child a new bike or scooter. While these toys are considerably more hazardous than stuffed animals, they can be a lot safer with the right equipment. If you’re going to get your child one of these toys, consider buying a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads. Be sure to supervise your child whenever he rides his bike or scooter.

Staying safe this holiday season is easy with help from Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. If you have any health concerns, call (702) 233-5300 to schedule an appointment or visit our Las Vegas ER to receive emergency care. You might also use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line for help  finding the right treatment .

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