The constant companions of every baby from birth to the school itself (or even longer) are, of course, toys. First, rattles, carousels and hanging toys in the stroller, then pyramids, cubes and rubber duck in the bath, etc. It is with toys that the baby spends most of his time, exploring the world through them, trying them for taste and strength, falling asleep with them. Quality toys are known to be expensive. This is what many unscrupulous manufacturers use, throwing into the market not just harmful, but sometimes extremely dangerous products for children’s health. What toys are the most harmful? Understanding.
- Toys with small parts
These include constructors, toys of low strength, soft low-quality toys with an abundance of plastic parts, kinder surprises, etc. What is the danger? The kid can swallow the element of the toy, accidentally shove it into the ear canal or into the nose. A poor-quality toy that the baby can easily break, disassemble, tear off a bead or nose / eye, pour out stuffed balls – this is a potential danger to the child.
- Neokub and other magnetic constructors
Quite fashionable toys that, despite loud anti-advertising, are still stubbornly bought by parents for children of different ages. What is the danger? Usually, a foreign object that accidentally gets into the child’s stomach comes out during bowel movements. That is, the same plastic ball will come out on its own in a day or two, and apart from mom’s tantrum, most likely, nothing terrible will happen. With magnetic constructors, the situation is completely different: balls swallowed in large quantities begin to attract each other inside the gastrointestinal tract, which leads to very serious consequences. And even the operation in this case will be very difficult and not always successful. These toys should not be purchased by toddlers of the “taste it all” age.
- Young chemist kits
Many parents find such gifts for children to be correct and “developing”. But the desire for science and knowledge of the world around them often ends in failure. Illiterate mixing of reagents often leads to burns and explosions, attempts to get electricity – to fires, etc. Toys from this series are appropriate only for older children and only for playing under parental supervision (or better with parents).
- Musical toys
There is nothing dangerous in toys of this type if they are made of high-quality materials, made taking into account the firm fixation of all parts and, most importantly, do not exceed the noise level permissible for kids. A toy exceeding the permitted level of 85 dB can not only impair the hearing of your child, but also lead to its complete loss. The sound of the toy should be soft, not piercing, and it is recommended to play with the musical toy no more than 1 hour / day.
- PVC toys (polyvinyl chloride)
Unfortunately, they are banned everywhere except Russia. In our country, for some reason, no one has yet gotten around to banning toys made from this toxic material. What is the danger? PVC contains certain plasticizers for the future plasticity of toys, and when the toy gets into the mouth (licking is the first thing!), Phthalates enter the body along with saliva, which accumulate inside and lead to serious diseases. It is not difficult to recognize a PVC toy: it is cheap, bright, “warm” and delicate to the touch (although the headset elements from a Barbie doll, for example, can also be made of PVC), and also has one of the markings – PVC, PVC, VINIL , arrow triangle icon with the number “3” inside.
- Stuffed Toys
Such toys can become dangerous for the following reasons:
- Poor quality materials (toxic, mostly Chinese). For those who do not know, “let’s discover America” - cheap synthetic materials can contain very dangerous substances. That is, a cute singing purple hedgehog for 200 rubles can turn into serious health problems for your child.
- Small parts that are not properly secured. Kids love to pick out the eyes of their plush friends and bite off their noses.
- Dust mites love these cozy “houses”.
- The villi from the toy get into the mouth, respiratory tract of the child.
- Every 4th cheap soft toy causes allergies, as a result of which the baby may face bronchial asthma.
- Weapons, pistols, darts
Such toys can be bought for a baby only if he already knows what their danger is, if the mother is nearby during the game, and if the baby is already far from tiny. According to statistics, it is because of these toys that children are most often brought to emergency rooms.
- Children’s motorcycles
A very fashionable toy for the little ones today. As soon as the little one learned to sit, mom and dad are already carrying him a motorcycle tied with a bow under the Christmas tree. They carry it without thinking that the child is not yet able to keep such a powerful toy under his control. Of course, you can set the minimum speed (if possible) and run alongside, but as a rule, injuries occur at the very moment when the parents turned away, left the room, left the child with the grandmother, etc.
- Helicopters, flying fairies and other toys that are customary to start and release into free flight
This series of toys is dangerous with injuries that a crumb gets when accidentally touching a toy running around the room. Up to cuts, lacerations and knocked out teeth.
- Rubber toys
The danger of such low-quality toys is also extremely high – from a banal rash to a serious allergy and even anaphylactic shock. If from a toy a mile away it “carries chemistry” and the colors are loudly bright, you cannot buy it categorically. The composition of such “joy” can include lead with arsenic, and mercury, and chromium with cadmium, etc.
When buying a toy for your baby, remember the basic rules for choosing it:
- Calm colors and sounds, non-aggressiveness of the toy as a whole.
- High quality fixing parts and base material.
- The absence of sharp edges, protruding parts, which can be injured.
- Durable paint coating – so as not to get dirty, not washed off, no smell.
- The toy should be washed or washed regularly. If the purchased toy does not involve these types of cleaning, it should be discarded.
- Toys with ropes / cords or ribbons longer than 15 cm are not permitted for toddlers to avoid accidental suffocation.
Buy only high-quality toys for your kids (made of wood – the best and safest). Don’t skimp on children’s health.
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