The holidays are almost here and we all know what that means, dolls, radio controlled airplanes, and Leapster Explorers. Well intentioned mothers and fathers delight in treating the young ones to the latest toys for the holidays.
The American Optometric Association advises that parents instruct relatives about some guidelines when it comes to eye safety and choosing toys. Accidents involving toys and games may take place, sometimes causing damaged eyes.
How can parents avoid toy related harm?
Only buy toys which are suitable for the child's age. Do not allow young children to play with toys and games made for older children.
Check that the toy is made of strong, durable material and that there are no sharp edges. Make sure toys with a handle such as swords or pony sticks are rounded on the end.
Look after small kids as they play.
Prevent eye injuries by throwing out any toys or games with sharp edges or firing projectiles like BB guns.
Before you dish out that new toy that your child absolutely ''needs'', spend a few moments to peruse toy safety guidelines. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.