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Parents still buy toys that are age-inappropriate for their kids: Study

Published on Jan 7, 2014 8:11 AM
 
Most parents know their children are too young for certain toys, but buy them anyway, says recent study from the KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH). -- ST FILE PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Most parents know their children are too young for certain toys, but buy them anyway.

This was one of the findings of a recent study from the KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH).

The hospital surveyed 93 sets of parents and other caregivers in its children's emergency department from February to April 2012.

It found that 82 per cent had made sure toys were age-appropriate, with 72 per cent checking toy labels for age recommendations.

 
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Background story

Buying toys is no child's play

What to look out for before buying toys:

  • Make sure toys are suitable for child's age group
  • Look for warnings or other safety messages on toy packaging
  • Make sure small parts of toys cannot break off, including the eyes and noses on stuffed toys
  • Avoid toys with sharp points or edges
  • Avoid toys that shoot objects into the air

What to look out for after buying toys:

  • Read all instructions included with the toy
  • Throw away all toy packaging, such as plastic, cellophane and styrofoam
  • Check toys regularly for broken parts and other hazards
  • Sand the edges of wooden toys that have become sharp or splintered
  • Throw away broken toys that cannot be fixed

 

BE CAREFUL

 

We want to encourage parents to be careful with the selection of toys as well as make sure they are supervised during play.

 

- Dr Chong Shu Ling, from KKH's department of emergency medicine