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Toy Safety: Put These Tips on Your Holiday List
Sheboygan, Wis. --Although family budgets may be a bit tighter this holiday, toys will always be on family shopping lists. Children will also provide lists of their own about which toys they want for Christmas. However, parents, grandparents and other adults must consider which toys are actually appropriate. It is important to keep in mind that safety should always come first when buying a toy.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), safety should be a priority when choosing toys. "While most toy-related injuries are minor, some can be severe or even fatal," says Julie Roehrborn, M.D., Sheboygan Pediatric Associates-Medical Arts and member of Physicians' Health Network.
The AAP offers the following safety tips for toy shopping:
"Gift buyers should also be on the lookout for recently recalled toys and children's product this holiday season," says Roehrborn. "Recalled products pose serious safety threats to young children," Roehrborn said.
One of the goals of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is to protect consumers and families from dangerous toys. Toys are recalled for different reasons including unsafe lead levels, choking or fire hazards. Toys that are recalled should be removed right away. If you think your child has been exposed to a toy containing lead, ask your child's doctor about testing for elevated blood lead levels. If you want to know if a toy is safe or has been recalled, see the CPSC web site, www.cpsc.gov , for photos and descriptions of all recalled toys.
About Julie Roehrborn, M.D
Dr. Roehrborn earned her medical degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. She is an American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow and member of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin. Dr. Roehrborn joined Sheboygan Pediatric Associates located at Medical Arts-Superior Avenue, 2920 Superior Avenue in 1998. Dr. Roehrborn specializes in pediatric and adolescent medicine and is a member of Physicians' Health Network.
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