Experts Warn of Safety Concerns For Holiday Shopping

By: Judy Fortin, Health Minute
By: Judy Fortin, Health Minute

Shopping for toys may be more of a challenge this holiday season.

Experts warn that safety concerns should be at the top of a shopper's list.

Strolling the toy aisles of a large department store can be overwhelming, but Amy Granelli, a mother of four, is looking for more than the perfect present. And she also has safety on her mind.

"For a long time, I was one of those, 'Oh, you know, this is the United States, if it's on the shelf it's safe,'" Granelli admitted.

With millions of toys recalled this year because of lead hazards and other safety concerns, Pediatrician Jennifer Shu says the burden falls on parents to keep up with the latest information on toys.

"It's important for parents to be alert and aware and to check for recalls and look at the toys carefully to make sure the toys are safe and fun for their kids," explained Dr. Shu, with the American Academy of Pediatrics

Shu stresses toy safety should be a concern year-round, not just during the holidays.

"So much of it is common sense, looking for loose parts or anything sharp, anything that could be a choking hazard, or anything that could get tangled around the child's neck," the doctor said.

She also cautions parents and others to read the labels on toys and follow the age recommendations closely.

To stay up-to-date on the latest toy recall information, click here.

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