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Health Tip: Toys to Avoid for Young Children

Kids' Toys

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  • In 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 11 toy-related deaths and an estimated 265,000 toy-related injuries treated in emergency rooms
  • Young children should not be given toys with cords or strings, sharp edges, or small parts
  • Balloons, tiny magnets, and button batteries are among the most dangerous objects for small children
  • Many toys contain chemicals linked to developmental and reproductive harm; choose pure, organic toys made from natural materials like wood in lieu of plastics like PVC

By Dr. Mercola

If you'll be shopping for little ones this holiday season, keep safety in mind when choosing which toys to buy. Contrary to popular belief, just because a toy is on store shelves does not mean it's automatically safe for children, and many variables come into play that can actually make some toys hazardous.

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