'Don't toy with your child's safety'

  • Sukhpreeet Singh, None, Ludhiana:
  • Updated: Oct 26, 2014 18:12 IST

Going by the harmful effects of the toys having sharp edges, screws, cells and low-quality plastic, city-based paediatricians have suggested that it was must for parents to carefully examine toys before buying them for their children.

Children falling between the age group of one and five are very sensitive and become easy victims of chemical-coated toys. A large number of toys have sharp colours that are eye-catching and both children and parents cannot resist buying them. However, many of these toys are toxic in nature and can cause damage to kids who have habit of putting everything in mouth. Besides, toys with sharp-edges can cause injury to kids.

To know about the harmful effects and suggestion of these toys, HT talked to some parents and a paediatrician.

A city resident Rupinder Kaur said, "Recently, my neighbour's two-year-old daughter, while trying to move a toy car on her hair, got her hair entangled in the sharp-edged motor car, leaving her injured. To get rid of it, doctors had to shave off her head."

Owner of a toy shop Ravinder Singh said, "There are two types of toys, toxic and non-toxic. The government has banned toxic toys but some shopkeepers are violating the law by selling them. The government should come down heavily on such violators."

Dr William Bhatti, paediatrician at Christian Medical College and Hospital, said children receiving injuries from toys were being reported everyday at the hospital.

"Recently, a sharp-edged part of a toy got stuck in a child's throat and he had to undergo a surgery. Parents need to be careful about the toys they buy for their children."

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