‘Tis the season for giving and joy, especially for children during the holidays. But did you know that so often the very toys or gifts that children receive can not only injure them, but potentially impair their vision? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “roughly 1 in 10 children’s eye injuries that end up in the ER are caused by toys” and the majority of these injuries are preventable. That is why the month of December has been made Safe Toy and Gift Month, to help ensure that we can keep children safe during these gift giving days.
Dr. David G. Hunter a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology stated, “Many toys have the potential to cause eye injuries. Being aware and thoughtful about what you are putting in your children’s hands is the best preventative medicine…choose toys that are appropriate for their child’s age and abilities, as well as the parent’s willingness to supervise use of the toys.” Like Dr. David G. Hunter pointed out, prevention is the key when keeping your children safe this holiday season. Keep in mind the following tips for precaution when giving gifts to children during the holidays.
- Always read all labels, warnings, or directions that come with toys and explain to your child how to use the toy or gift.
- Avoid toys with sharp edges, rods, spikes, or other rigid pieces that could hurt a child.
- Only give toys that are age or maturity level appropriate.
- Stay up to date on recent toy or gift recalls.
- Make sure that toys are well-made and durable before giving to children.
- Supervise children while they play with their toys.
- Throw away or fix broken toys immediately so children do not harm themselves from damaged pieces on their toys.
- Always have your child clean up toys after playtime so they do not injure themselves on forgotten toys.
Prevention is key when keeping your children or loved ones safe during the holidays. Giving and receiving toys and gifts can brighten a child’s day when they receive toys that they understand how to play with, do not have sharp edges, and are durable. Follow these tips to keep your family at home and not in the ER during the holiday season. For more ways to keep your children and their vision safe, contact Vision Source Specialists today.