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HEALTHIER YOU: During the holidays, safety first for infants and toddlers

December 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Extra, Health

BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN

DR. ANNETTE MAYE

The holiday season brings much joy into our lives, but we have to remain conscious of how to keep our smallest children safe after the gifts are unwrapped. Newborns and toddlers are at particular at risk, and we must be vigilant about avoiding toys that might put them in harm’s way.

For infants, toddlers, and preschoolers toys should be large enough — at least 1 1/4 inches (3 centimeters) in diameter and 2 1/4 inches (6 centimeters) in length — so that they can’t be swallowed or lodged in the windpipe. A small-parts tester, or choke tube, can determine if a toy is too small. These tubes are designed to be about the same diameter as a child’s windpipe. Toys such as marbles, coins, balls, and games with balls that are 1.75 inches (4.4 centimeters) in diameter or less should be avoided because they can become lodged in the throat above the windpipe and restrict breathing.

Also, battery-operated toys should have battery cases secured with screws — so that children cannot pry them open. Batteries and battery fluid pose serious risks that include choking, internal bleeding, and chemical burns.

When checking a toy for a baby or toddler, make sure it’s unbreakable and strong enough to withstand chewing. Also, make sure it doesn’t have:

  • Sharp ends or small parts like eyes, wheels, or buttons that can be pulled loose.
  • Small ends that can extend into the back of the mouth.
  • Strings longer than 7 inches (18 centimeters)
  • Parts that could become pinch points for small fingers.

Take the time to examine each toy’s safety, and to assure holiday health and cheer.

For additional information, contact the Las Vegas All Women’s Care Offices at (702) 522-9640. Or visit us at 700 Shadow Lane No. 165 (1st floor) in Las Vegas.

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